A Memoir Workshop
Instructor: Susan Conley
Maximum Attendees: 12
→ Workshop Info
→ Registration Form
→ Dibner Fellowship (FELLOWSHIP DEADLINE: Monday, February 24 at 9:00 a.m.)
How do we write memoir that transcends its basic machinery and achieves lift off? How do we banish the censor to arrive at emotional breakthroughs in our work? How do we structure our memoirs to allow us to tell the story we most want to tell? Not the outer casing—the obvious surface story—but what lies buried, the beating heart of your story? The story inside the story?
This workshop will circle all of these questions and offer writing prompts that help you uncover the very thing you’re writing towards but haven’t found out how to articulate yet.
Susan Conley’s new novel Paris Was the Place (Knopf 2013) traces the intersection of the lives of an American poetry teacher and six teenage refugee girls all living in Paris during the late 1980’s. Her memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune (Knopf 2011), follows the years her family lived in Beijing and encountered cancer. It won the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Memoir. Her poetry collection was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award. She’s received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Breadloaf Writers Conference, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She’s on the faculty at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program and also teaches at Colby College. She’s the co-founder of The Telling Room, a nonprofit creative writing lab in Portland that believes children are natural storytellers who deserve an audience.