Instructor: Caitlin Shetterly
Date & Time: Saturday, February 23 | 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Graves Library, Kennebunkport
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Member: $50 | Nonmember: $105
Registration Closes: February 18
How do you tell your hard story? Where do you begin? How do you transform a personal story of obstacles and resilience into a cohesive story for public consumption?
This workshop will focus on how to tell hard stories—stories of illness, divorce, death, poverty, racism, sexual harassment, abuse, immigration, native displacement, and more. Attendees will discuss examples of successful hard stories and complete a series of writing exercises aimed at gently opening them up so that they feel safe enough to write their own. They will leave with a draft of the beginning of their own hard story, as well as an outline of the full story.
When writers make the leap to share with the outside world something that has hurt them, they are often making someone else’s experience feel, in the words of the great writer Walker Percy, “certified.” This workshop will provide a compassionate and supportive space to begin the process of shaping one’s difficult story into an essay or memoir.
Caitlin Shetterly is the author of Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future (Putnam, 2016) which was a winner of the Maine Literary Award for Best Nonfiction of 2016, was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Publisher’s Weekly, and a Top Pick of 2016 by Goop; Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke and Finding Home (Voice, 2011); and the Indie bestseller Fault Lines: Stories of Divorce (Putnam Berkely Group, 2001).
Caitlin writes regularly for The New York Times and her work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Elle, Self, DownEast, and on websites of Oprah.com, CNN.com and Medium.com. Caitlin has been a regular contributor to NPR and PRI with stories on Weekend Edition, Morning Edition,This American Life, Studio 360 and various other public radio shows. From 2003-2007, Caitlin wrote the dating column for the Portland Phoenix.
Caitlin lives with her two sons, husband, cat and rabbit in Maine. She is currently at work on a novel set in her home state and a collection of interconnected poems about family and the environment.
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