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Memoir Writing Workshop with Helena Rho in Gardiner
September 1, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until September 15, 2022
Gardiner Library presents a three-week Memoir Writing Workshop with Helena Rho on Thursday September 1, 8 and 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. In this workshop, learn how a memoir comes into being. The group will look at some great memoirs to see how those writers crafted their books — how did they start and end their memoirs? How did they create voice and character? How did they depict place and setting? Some of the books include: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion; Know My Name by Chanel Miller; Wild by Cheryl Strayed; Tastes Like War by Grace Cho; The Color of Water by James McBride. Each week the group will look at distinct elements of a memoir. Week One: Structure — beginnings and endings and how to build the scaffolding of a memoir. Week Two: Voice and Character — how to create one’s voice on the page and how to write other characters. Week Three: Place and Setting — how to write vividly about a place like it is a character because where the memoir takes place matters. This memoir workshop encourages participants to bring their work in progress, no matter whether the piece is draft one or draft twenty. We will approach each participant’s piece seriously, while offering critique and suggestions to make each other’s work better.
Rho is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominated writer and a former assistant professor of pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Medicine in 1992 and has practiced and taught at Top Ten Children’s Hospitals. Her memoir, American Seoul (Little A, 2022), was included in BuzzFeed’s “16 Memoirs by AAPI Authors to Add to Your Reading List.” For more information, visit her website at helenarho.com.
More information and registration required at www.gardinerlibrary.org. The library is located at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For additional information, call 845-255-1255.