We all have stories to tell. Whether we tell them or not, they accumulate inside us. What should we do with them? How do we know they’re worth telling? What challenges do we face when we try to write them down?
Whether you’re an experienced or novice writer, this class is a perfect chance to slow down and look at your own life with new eyes. We’ll start by telling our own stories. We’ll talk about strategies for observing life. We’ll also look at different techniques authors have used to approach their material. By the end of the day, you’ll have written and received feedback on a wide range of new work and leave with good tools to continue transforming your own life into literature.
Talk Story, Write Story: Transforming Life into Literature
Date: Saturday, July 22
Time: 10 am-4 pm (with lunch break)
Instructor: Monica Wesolowska
Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir, Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, which was named a "Best Book of 2013" by The Boston Globe and Library Journal. Her stories and essays have appeared in many other venues including The New York Times, The Carolina Quarterly, and Best New American Voices. She’s a graduate of Reed College and a former fellow at the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown. A native of Berkeley, she’s been a freelance editor as well as an instructor of writing at UC Berkeley Extension and around the Bay Area for over a decade.
More about Monica: www.monicawesolowska.com