Friday, November 5, 2010

Online Memoir Writing Workshop Starts Monday

There are still spaces available in the upcoming Online Memoir Writing Workshop. To save your space today, email me {ChloeMiller(at)gmail(dot)com}.

Still undecided? Here is a quick preview of one day's activities. Each day there is a short reading assignment with directed questions and writing prompt. The class is asynchronous on a private Google Group. You can respond any time throughout the day, depending on your own schedule. (You can even work ahead or catch up, if necessary.)

Sample day’s work:

Reading: “To Dorothy” by Marvin Bell

Discussion: Reading and word choice. What words did you notice that Bell chose? How would you describe the vocabulary and the diction? Be sure to read the poem aloud to yourself to fully understand its sounds.

Writing prompt: Write for 5-10 minutes nonstop on a memory you have with a loved one. You may decide to write something directly to them, as Bell did. Simply free-write. Don’t let your pen leave the paper or don’t stop typing. Don’t censor yourself for meaning, sentence structure or even grammar. After you’ve written nonstop, look back at what you produced. Underline the key words or ideas that you intend to explore for the final piece. Respond to at least one other author’s piece.

I look forward to working together!

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