The Memoir of Childhood: Virtual Memoir Class
Dates: 4 Thursdays, February 10 - March 3
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Instructor: Tommy Mouton
We understand the sheer power of our respective childhood and adolescent memories. But how can we harness this power to propel a narrative as well as capture a reader’s attention?
In this four-week extensive workshop, we will delve into the neuroscience behind memory (Lisa Genova), the basic psychology of memory (Dr. Kevin Leman), and Mary Karr’s notion of “implanted memory,” those forgotten memories shared with us by family and friends. With childhood/memories as the creative foundation, come and explore the differences between emotional truth and factual truth, image and imagination, character and voice, form and meaning. By workshop’s end, you will have a worthwhile draft or at least the grace and gumption to meet head-on that long-neglected project.
So, whether your childhood/adolescent memories are heartbreaking or ironically humorous, whether you are a seasoned writer or a novice, this workshop’s weekly writing exercises, formal and informal workshops, and readings (Sara Broom, bell hooks, Roxane Gay, Brian Broome, Annie Dillard, Mary Karr, Natasha Trethewey, Jeannette Walls, Jesmyn Ward, among others) will leave you inspired and invigorated.
Come and write (and share) your childhood/adolescent memories with us—all the shared stories, photographs, genealogical documents—all their joys, failures, and mysteries.
Tommy Mouton is a Southern writer and a writing coach. His work appears in Auburn Avenue, Callaloo, and Reed. He is currently working on We the Pretty Elephants, a memoir.
A dynamic dramatic reader, Tommy has presented his work in venues hosted by KKUP 91.5 "Out of Our Minds" Poetry Radio, LitQuake, Sacramento Stories on Stage, Center for Literary Arts, Poetry Center San José, and a host of others.
A 2013-2014 John Steinbeck Fellow and a 2020 Tasajillo Resident, Tommy previously taught in San José State’s English major, and he currently lectures full-time at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.