The Naked Truth: Writing a Memoir that Matters (1647)

Four Tuesdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28, 7 – 9 p.m. Sold out!

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$150 (10% off for members)

Writing memoir is a way to find meaning in our lives, make art of our experiences with pain, trauma, coming of age, and struggles with identity -- all the "stuff" of life. But how does one dig deep, chip away at the walls of self-censorship and the rules against speaking the "unspeakable"? How does one discover the voice that is demanding release and write with beauty and -- the primary requirement of memoir -- courage? In this workshop, we will explore writing techniques that will allow participants to write with transformative power. Meetings will consist of in-class writing, discussion of work in progress, and examination of published memoirists.

Recommended Reading:
All Over But the Shoutin', Rick Bragg
The Kiss, Kathryn Harrison

Marita Golden is a veteran teacher of writing and an acclaimed award-winning author of over a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction, many of which are taught in college and universities around the country. As a teacher of writing she has served as a member of the faculties of the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Fairfield University low-residency MFA program, and as Distinguished Writer in Residence in the MA Creative Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University. She co-founded and serves as President Emeritus of the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

Among her books are the novels After and The Edge of Heaven, and the memoirs Migrations of the Heart, Saving Our Sons, and Don’t Play in the Sun One Woman’s Journey Through the Color Complex. She compiled the collection of interviews THE WORD: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing. Her most recent book is Living Out Loud a Writer’s Journey. She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets and Writers, and the Fiction Award for her novel After, awarded by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. 

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

All Over but the Shoutin': A Memoir By Rick Bragg Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679774020
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - September 8th, 1998

The Kiss: A Memoir By Kathryn Harrison, Jane Smiley (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Kathryn Harrison, Jane Smiley (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780812979718
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 12th, 2011