Instructor: Elizabeth Peavey
Date & Time: September 20 | 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $85 | Nonmember $135
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Whether you are knee-deep in your life story or looking for a way to begin, this workshop will give you the tools and guidance necessary to move forward.
We will examine the history and nature of memoir and discuss the tricky issue of truth vs. fact. We’ll talk about the way in which imagination informs memory, how our easiest “truths” are not always our best ones and consider new ways to approach being honest with the reader—and ourselves. From there, we’ll get down to the nuts and bolts: how to develop a clear thesis, how to establish your voice, where to start and end your narrative and how to make your world come alive for your reader through sharp prose and vivid detail. Then we will examine these things in our own writing through rewarding workshopping sessions. There are always lots of laughs during these sessions, as well as a few tears shed (usually by the instructor).
*NOTE Please bring three printed copies of one completed essay or a section of your memoir-in-progress (no longer than 1,000 words, please) for discussion and critique. A description of constructive critiquing techniques will be sent in advance of the workshop so attendees can help create a supportive and nurturing environment.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Elizabeth Peavey is Portland-based teacher and writer. For nearly twenty years, she has been teaching her highly popular memoir and personal essay workshops for MWPA. Her one-woman show, My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother, played to sold-out houses across Maine in 2011 and 2012, and went on to win the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Drama. She is the author of Outta My Way: An Odd Life Lived Loudly and of Maine & Me, which was awarded the Maine Literary Award for Best Maine-themed Book. Her writing is frequently featured in Down East magazine, where she has been a contributing editor since 1997. She has taught public speaking at the University of Southern Maine since 1993 and has also taught creative nonfiction at the University of Maine at Farmington. Her latest book, Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship, which is a collaboration with the renowned landscape painter Marguerite Robichaux, was published in 2011 and was a finalist for the 2012 Maine Literary Award’s John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed Nonfiction. Her current humor column, “Outta My Yard,” can be found at thebollard.com
The MWPA is proud to offer one full fellowship to this workshop. The fellowship will be judged on both writing ability and financial need. The application’s “Statement of Financial Need” will serve as the writing sample. To apply for a fellowship, please download the application form on the MWPA website.
> DEADLINE: Monday, September 8 at 9:00 a.m.
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