Embark on an archaeological journey to a landscape where your memories and your imagination dwell side by side. Whether you write memoir, essay, family history, or historical fiction, this four-week workshop will inspire you to write the truth of the past and connect it to the truth of the present. Exercises will include ways of excavating past sensations, emotions, and personal history and then working with your imagination to fill in the blanks and mold a narrative arc. You'll also learn how to establish a theme, balance scenes and narration, develop real or fictional characters, and get unstuck.
If you're working on a project, this workshop will help you sculpt it. If not, it will help you break ground.
This class took place in April 2020, To be notified of future sessions, go to the Contact page.
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Writing About Our Ancestors
Are you among the millions of people who have used genealogy websites to research your family history? Has your family passed down stories and artifacts? This class will help you preserve your ancestors' past in written form for family members or for publication. We will talk about the power of details, historical setting, ways to frame a story, how to extract more stories from the data, and personal reflection, exploring what these stories mean to the living. Writing exercises, with optional feedback, will help you jumpstart and move forward with your own written account of your ancestors' lives.
To inquire about dates for upcoming workshops on Writing About Our Ancestors, contact Violet at:
VioletSnow77 [at] gmail [dot] com