Beginning Memoir: Finding Your Story - (Weeklong PM) - Greg Martin
In any memoir there are always two voices: the retrospective voice of the writer looking back on a time and an experience, and the voice of the person the writer once was at the time of experience. These two voices are in constant conversation and often drive the story of the memoir to a deeper, more meaningful place. This course is designed for anyone interested in the art of memoir and its possibilities, for anyone who wants to explore their past experience in conversation with the present. The class will combine discussion of a published memoir pieces, craft essays on the art of memoir, and in-class writing prompts leading to new material. Come prepared to write a lot in a safe, supportive environment, to be inspired and inspire others, to share your writing, and go home with a better understanding of memoir as a whole.
Greg Martin is the author of the memoir, STORIES FOR BOYS (Hawthorne Books), a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and the SEATTLE READS one city, one book, selection for 2013. Martin's first book, MOUNTAIN CITY, received a Washington State Book Award, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and is referred to by some people in Mountain City as "the book." Martin's work has appeared in The Sun, The Kenyon Review Online, Creative Nonfiction, The Writer, Witness, and elsewhere. For his teaching, Martin has received the University of New Mexico Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. He is an Associate Professor of English and serves as Director of the Combined BA/MD Degree Program.