Teachers as (First-Person) Writers: Exploring Memoir

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 9:30am to Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 3:00pm

Join UMass English Professor Janis Greve for this four-day workshop that builds on the assumption that writing a personal narrative is a craft we learn from others—from an exchange of giving and receiving that helps our stories take shape. We will explore the memoirist’s methods by reading excerpts from such established memoirists as Haven Kimmel, Mary Karr, James McBride, and others, and through our own written responses to prompts. As we draw from the raw material of life to create a resonant experience for a reader, writing will be shared in print through Google drive (optional “publishing” during the workshop) and through reading aloud in a supportive circle. A group publication of best-as-you-can-get-it vignettes or short pieces will culminate the workshop. The group will write together in the morning, write privately mid-day, and share and respond in the afternoon. Open to new participants as well as alumni from previous Teachers as Writers workshops. 22.5 PDPs. 1 graduate credit available. 

Registration fee: $150. To register, click Program Registration at right.

Janis Greve is a professor of autobiography who has taught literature and writing to undergraduates for over thirty years.  She is also an alumna of Amherst Writers and Artists workshops.