This is a workshop on writing the personal memoir, for writers of all levels. Participants will read and discuss examples of short memoir pieces, and then work on memoir-writing exercises in response to the instructor’s prompts. Those who enroll may bring journals, letters, photographs, or other mementos that will stimulate memories of the people, places, and events that have been important in their lives. Participants should expect to spend some time on homework assignments between class meetings. LIMITED REGISTRATION.
Vivian Dorsel is the founding editor and publisher of the literary journal upstreet. She holds a BA from Williams College, an MS in psychology from UMass/Amherst, and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has studied with Lydia Davis at the New York State Writers’ Institute, with Jim Shepard at the Sirenland Writers’ Conference, and with Philip Gerard at the Fall Conference of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. She served as the managing editor of The Berkshire Review for eight years.


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