Writing Workshop

Point of View in Memoir: Playing with Perspective
with Apricot Irving
Tuition:  $50
Saturday, September 19 | 11:00am-2:00pm
Via Zoom

In this workshop, we’ll expand the possibilities of the narrative voice by holding a scene up to the light and examining it from as many angles as possible. Memoirs are often written from a first-person point of view, but what happens when we expand those boundaries and tell the story from a different vantage point? What new truths can be discovered about a scene we thought we understood?

From 4:00 to 6:00pm September 19 she will also be reading from her memoir, The Gospel of Trees, winner of the 2019 Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction.
Workshop participants get free admission to the reading.

Apricot Irving is the author of The Gospel of Trees, a lyrical meditation on ecology, loss, and the tangled history of missions in Haiti, winner of the 2019 Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction.

She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and Literary Arts Creative Nonfiction Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in GrantaOn Being, Tin HouseOregon Humanities, Portland Monthly and Topic Magazine.

Raised a missionary’s daughter in Haiti, Irving has taught literature and writing to students in Indonesia, China, the U.S., the U.K., and Ireland. She reported on post-earthquake recovery efforts in the north of Haiti for the radio program This American Life and is the founder and director of the Boise Voices Oral History Project, a collaboration between youth and elders to record the stories of a rapidly changing neighborhood in N/NE Portland, which was honored at City Hall for civic engagement and innovative storytelling. She currently lives in the Columbia River Gorge with her partner and two wildly imaginative boys. Her reporting on the Eagle Creek Fire was selected for the 2019 anthology Best American Science & Nature Writing.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link to the workshop prior to the event.