Fresh Eyes on Your Life: Memoir Workshop (In Person at Left Margin LIT)
Dates: 6 Mondays, March 11 - May 6 (No classes on 4/1, 4/8, 4/22)
Instructor: Monica Wesolowska
Whether you’ve attempted to write memoir before or not, this workshop is a chance to look at your own life with fresh eyes.
We’ll start by exploring the creative act of memory itself. What patterns already exist in your mind? How can you write about things you barely remember? Is it ethical to speculate in a true story?
Each week, you’ll be exposed to an exciting range of work by memoirists who have approached their own stories in very different ways. We’ll use these excerpts as inspiration to play around with your own life stories. In the final weeks, you’ll have a chance to turn in your own work and have the fresh eyes of others on it.
Guided by your instructor, this workshop is a chance to try your hand at something new while preserving and strengthening the truth of your own vision.
About the Instructor:
Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life (named a “Best Book of the Year” by The Boston Globe and Library Journal) as well as two children’s picture books, Leo + Lea (winner of an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award) and Elbert in the Air.
Monica's essays and short stories have been published in a wide variety of venues, including in the Modern Love column of The New York Times. For over two decades, she’s taught creative writing around the Bay Area and worked with clients as an independent editor.
LEFT MARGIN LIT'S CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
If you find that you can't take a class for which you registered, you may request a refund, less a $25 administrative fee, at least 48 hours prior to the start of the first class session. If a class doesn't reach its minimum enrollment, it will be cancelled, and all students will receive full refunds.