Writing memoir is a way to find meaning in our lives, make art of our experiences with pain, trauma, coming of age, and struggles with identity–all the “stuff” of life. But how does one dig deep, chip away at the walls of self-censorship and the rules against speaking the “unspeakable”? How does one discover the voice that is demanding release and write with beauty and–the primary requirement of memoir–courage? In this workshop, we will explore writing techniques that will allow participants to write with transformative power. Our time together will consist of in-class writing, discussion of work in progress, and examination of published memoirists.
Co-founder and President Emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation, Marita Golden is a veteran teacher of writing and an acclaimed award-winning author of over a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction. As a teacher of writing she has served as a member of the faculties of the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and in the MA Creative Writing Program at John Hopkins University. She has taught writing workshops nationally and internationally to a variety of constituencies.
Her new novel is The Wide Circumference of Love. Her other books include the novels After and The Edge of Heaven and the memoirs Migrations of the Heart,Saving Our Sons and Don’t Play in the Sun One Woman’s Journey Through the Color Complex. She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets and Writers and the Fiction Award for her novel After awarded by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: St. John’s Church Parish Hall, 2401 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23223