Stamp Collecting: Writing the Memoir, Bit by Bit 2 Sessions Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in person Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom Tuition: $150
Do you think in lengthy narrative strands, elegantly formed with a beginning, middle and an end? I don’t. I flit from image, to feeling, to recrimination, to joy. Light flickers over my memories, both happy and hard. I call these messy memories ‘stamps,’ events or moments that imprinted upon me in unshakeable ways.
In this workshop we will write short pieces from our lives using storytelling techniques to enliven specific moments that changed us. We won’t be writing anecdotes, the funny stories we may tell a friend over coffee, or a seatmate on a long flight. We will be writing the stories from our lives that haunt us, with joy, and sorrow, and growth. Finally, we will look at how to arrange these stamps from our lives into a longer narrative that tells the complex story of us.
The workshop will include writing samples (Beth Ann Fennelly, Natasha Tretheway, Michelle Zauner, Nick Flynn, Saeed Jones + more) discussions, prompts, and sharing our work.
We will meet in person, with a follow up session over zoom.
About the Instructor
Natalie Serber is the author of Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book, and Community Chest, a memoir. Her fiction has appeared in One Story, Zyzzyva Magazine, and others. Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Today Show, and others. She writes a free, bi-weekly newsletter, read.write.eat. with books, prompts and recipes intended to delight. Sign up at her website. www.natalieserber.com
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