2013 Workshops and Faculty

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Beginning Memoir - Songs of Innocence and Experience: Finding the Core of Your Memoir (All Levels - Weeklong AM) - BK Loren

In any memoir there are always two voices: the voice of the writer looking back on a time gone by (experience), and the voice of the writer as she experienced that earlier time (innocence). These two are in constant conversation and often drive the story of the memoir to a deeper, more meaningful place. This course is designed for writers who want to explore their own songs of innocence and experience and begin to shape them into a story driven by character, theme, narrative arc, rich images, strong voice, and other elements borrowed from fiction and poetry. Come prepared to feel safe, write a lot, get inspired, inspire others, share your writing, and go home with a better understanding of memoir as a whole.

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BK Loren
BK Loren

BK Loren's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Orion Magazine, Parabola, Yoga International, Spirtuality and Health, The Future of Nature (Milkweed), The Best Spiritual Writing of 2004 and 2012 (Penguin), and many others. Her first novel, Theft, was published in 2012 by Counterpoint, which also published Animal, Mineral, Radical: Essays on Wildlife, Family, and Food in 2013. Her first book, a memoir, was published in 2001 by Lyons. She is grateful for the fellowships and prizes that have come her way, including the Mary Roberts Rinehart National Nonfiction Fellowship, a Ucross Fellowship and many others. She has worked as a ranch hand, river sherpa, truck driver, martial arts teacher, and many other jobs that have informed her writing. In between, she attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Colorado with her partner, two dogs, two cats, and any strays that happen by.

Read a review of Theft here.