Writing About Family History

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Writing About Family History
March 17, 2014 10:30 am
MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $125
Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
July 23, 2013
The Firehouse Center
5 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, ME, 04543, United States

Baker-KlineA Memoir and Fiction Workshop
Instructor: Christina Baker Kline
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Workshop Info
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→ Dibner Fellowship (FELLOWSHIP DEADLINE: Monday, March 3 at 12:00 p.m.)
“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words,” the writer William H. Gass once said. This four-hour workshop is about changing your own world—stories you grew up with, family stories that link to larger historical moments, your personal experiences—into words on the page. Maybe you’ve kept a private journal and dream of shaping it into a memoir. Maybe you have an idea for a short story or a novel based on events in your past. Or maybe you want to write about your family history and don’t yet know the form. Whether you’re at the idea stage or further along, this workshop will arm you with inspiration, strategies, guidance, and prompts for writing as you begin the process of transforming your family stories into resonant, evocative prose.
Christina Baker Kline grew up in Maine and spends summer on Mount Desert Island. She is the New York Times–bestselling author of five novels—Orphan Train, Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, and Sweet Water—and the author/editor of five nonfiction books. Her articles and essays have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Literarian, Psychology Today, Coastal Living, and More magazine, among other places.

Kline is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. She served as writer-in-residence at Fordham University from 2007 to 2011 and has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women’s studies at Yale, New York University, and Drew University.

Kline is currently working on a novel based on the Andrew Wyeth painting Christina’s World and editing an anthology.