Vivian Gornick describes writing personal narrative as the act of imagining ourselves as we have once been. The most successful memoirs, whether book or essay, combine this self-imagination with a fearless dose of honesty. This workshop will focus on writing truthfully about ourselves while remembering that the goal is not for the writer to look good on the page, but to connect with readers through honest exploration. We will read essays and memoir excerpts, discuss structure, and consider how to choose the "best self" to narrate our lives.
About the Instructor
Margaret's work has been published in “The Missouri Review,” “Oregon Humanities Magazine,” “Swink,” “Coal City Review,” latimes.com and elsewhere. She's the recipient of a 2009 Oregon Literary Fellowship and a 2011 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. She's facilitated workshops with Write Around Portland and currently co-teaches creative writing as a visiting artist at Pacific Northwest College of Art. A co-host of the bi-monthly artist and literary gathering SHARE, she lives in Portland with her husband and son.
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