Friday, June 26, 2015

Continuing to Workshop After a Class @ Politics & Prose Bookstore

I encourage my Politics and Prose memoir writing students to continue to workshop their new pieces in small groups after the class ends. I was very happy to hear about a small group that formed after a recent class! Read more about their experience below.

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Continuing to Workshop After Class

Terry, Donna, Gil, and Iemi met during the February 2015 session of Chloe’s memoir class at Politics and Prose. The class was around 15 students and Chloe created small groups for critiquing and discussing pieces.

The afterglow of the last day of class kept going for this group. The group started off with the commitment of meeting every other week. Then, life started to happen. Now the group meets when the various schedules align.

Over tea and coffee at Bread and Chocolate, the group critiques the memoir pieces that started in Chloe’s class. Every once in a while, an individual member will lead a group discussion.

Chloe is a very inspirational instructor who provides her students with a sense of structure. The group is very happy to have carried on the excitement and commitment from Chloe’s class.


Terry Michael was a magazine editor and writer in New York City for ten years.  Prior to this Terry worked in Hollywood reading scripts and assisting wildly creative, difficult producers and directors.  Both environments were exciting but tough, competitive, and easy places to burn out or excel. Terry burned out.  Sometimes that’s a good thing.  It forces you to find what you loved doing in the first place.  Terry was nine when Terry started writing on a junior portable typewriter.  Using her Nancy Drew book, Terry typed each chapter word for word – adding a sentence of my own here and there. Terry loved doing it. That’s when she became a writer.  So recently, she brought out Nancy Drew’s The Clue of the Broken Locket and started typing it up, took a class in memoir writing, and became a writer again.

Donna Marshall Constantinople was born in Boston, Massachusetts and resides in Washington, DC and Blue Hill, Maine.  She studied at Northwestern University where she received her Bachelor of Arts majoring in economics and political science. She was a founding partner and president of KMA Communications, a Washington, DC based management consulting firm providing counsel to non-profits and corporations both national and international. In addition to serving on Boards, she is currently both an artist and a writer working on a memoir of her experiences living in the DC area.

Gil Kline has almost 40 years experience in the following roles:
       Created four film/broadcast documentaries (topics range from Machu Picchu to Alcoholism, to rural health care to water use);
       As media consultant, created and implemented many national public education campaigns, largely for public interest organizations in areas of criminal justice reform, health reform, education reform, population issues, etc
       Wrote/edited op-eds, book reviews, educational publications, various other formats. 
Gil Kline lives in Washington, D.C.  with his goldfish, “Harry.”

Iemi Hernandez-Kim’s first name is pronounced as yeh-me. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She went to NYU. She spends a lot of time and money on comic books. Her first love is animation. She lives in Washington, DC.

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