What Matters is Not What Happened: Advanced Memoir Workshop
Writing workshop in New Jersey
January 13-16, 2017
Led by Barbara Hurd
Using Vivian Gornick’s famous line about “what matters,” we’ll investigate the best way to tell your story in this advanced memoir workshop. With your own memoir-in-progress as a springboard, you will explore the importance of seeing your first-person narrator as a character in your story, experiment with writing exercises and discuss your new work. Be ready to submit 2-3 pages (no more than 1,000 words, double-spaced with 1″ margins and a 12 point font) on which you need feedback by Dec. 20. If you register after this date, no problem–just submit your work within a week of registering. The workshop leader and participants will read each submission before the Getaway.
*Limited to just 10 participants.*
“Barb Hurd’s workshop was excellent. I’ve attended tons of writing workshops over the last couple of decades and this was the best, bar none. Fabulous. Great group, great instruction.”
~ Lois, Advanced Memoir Participant, Warwick, NY
Barbara Hurd is the author of Listening to the Savage / River Notes and Half-Heard Melodies (University of Georgia Press, 2016), Tidal Rhythms (with photographer Stephen Strom, George F. Thompson Publishing, 2016), Stepping into the Same River Twice (with artist Patricia Hilton, 2013), Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains (2008), Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark, a Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year (2003), The Singer’s Temple (2003), Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001 (2001), and Objects in this Mirror (1994). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Bellingham Review, Prairie Schooner, Best American Essays, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Orion, Audubon and others. The recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award, four Pushcart Prizes, and five Maryland State Arts Council Awards, she teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit her website.