Diving for Pearls: Memoir Writing with Janice Gary

Like a diver submerging into the depths, the memoirist must go beyond the surface of recollected images and experiences to find what author Vivian Gornick calls “the story behind the situation.” In this workshop, students will sift through memories and use them as a lens to illuminate the deeper story locked within. Through exercises and the exploration of memoir-specific narrative techniques, you will come away with a better understanding of the heart of your story and concrete ways to turn your life into literature.

Janice Gary is the author of Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, winner of two Silver 2014 Nautilus Awards and 2014 Eric Hoffer Prize for Memoir and Finalist for the 2015 May Sarton Memoir. She lectures on memoir nationally and teaches memoir workshops at conferences and writing centers including The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland and the CG Jung Foundation of NYC. Her essays and articles have been appeared in numerous national publications.

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$60/50 mbrs

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533 Eaton Street

The Studios of Key West