Instructor: Jessica Berger Gross
Date & Time: Saturday, March 10 | 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12 FULL/WAIT LIST ONLY
Fee: MWPA Member $50 | Nonmember $105
Registration Closes: March 5

How do memoir writers select, develop, and transform their personal stories into art? How do they know which scenes and stories from lives are the essential ones, the ones they’re meant to tell?

In this workshop, participants will delve into the craft of memoir by focusing on how to make art from personal experience. They will brainstorm subject matter possibilities; explore the writing process from conception to narrative structure and finding one’s voice; and touch on the basics of editing and revision. The instructor will provide writing prompts, and participants will have the chance to share short pieces while supporting each other with constructive feedback.

Participants will leave the workshop with a sense of the stories they are most compelled to delve into, and practical strategies for moving forward with their personal essay or memoir.

Berger GrossJessica Berger Gross is the author of the memoir Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home (Scribner), as well as the bestselling Kindle Single Estranged, and the editor of the anthology About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times MagazineNew York Magazine’s The CutSalonLongreadsYoga Journal, and The Globe and Mail. Jessica has taught memoir and the personal essay at the Harvard University Extension School and in the BFA program at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Maine with her husband and son.

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The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on February 26 at 9:00 a.m.

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