Poetry as Memoir

Date: 9/21/17 – 10/26/17

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Thursday

Time: 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Intermediate

Genre: Multigenre

• Regular: $210.00
• Member: $189.00
• Low-Income: $147.00

We don't generally associate poetry with memoir in today's world. Yet with its distinguished history of drama, song, and storytelling, poetry is a great way to write memoir. This class will offer a variety of approaches to this end. Intended for intermediate to advanced writers familiar with the basics of the creative process, this class looks at memoir with focus on our own writing.

We will examine and discuss diverse models of poetry as they relate to content, effect, and form from such poets as Robert Frost, Alice Walker, Tess Gallagher, Diane Glancy, Langston Hughes, Maxine Kumin, and the author among them. We will discuss sources of our memoir, both those that already exist and those we can create as we move along, such as spontaneous notes, journals, diaries, as well as poetry already written.

To round out and help bring our poetry to life, we will consider each week a particular story element, including setting and people or characters, theme or subject, voice and style, among others. Each session, we will do in-class exercises. We will share the results with other participants and instructor for feedback. I will conference individually with students about their memoirs. Copy fee is $2.00