Memoir Through Vignettes with Meg Eberle & Kaia Sand
Memoir Through Vignettes
Instructor: Meg Eberle & Kaia Sand
Week 2: August 9-15, 2020
Writing a memoir is a daunting undertaking. Memories aren’t linear but tumble out piecemeal. Our workshop is designed to help you walk away with the foundation to create a vignette-style memoir.
In this workshop we will use memory cards, interviewing techniques, and prompts to build memoirs through vignettes. As we begin our memoir week, we will identify stories and pivotal events in our lives to create memory boards. The boards will serve as blueprints for ongoing memoir writing.
The mornings will be spent working with memory cards to prompt story fragments or “flash memories.” Afternoons will be spent refining those fragments and turning our “slice of life” prose and poetry into longer vignettes. We also will weave in the basic elements of memoir writing such as characterization, time and place, dialogue, and senses.
The workshop will explore the examples of vignette-style memoirs including The Abundance by Annie Dillard, Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan, and fiction in Sandra Cisneros’ House on Mango Street. We will include time for free writing, one-on-one mentoring, and small group exchange. On Friday we will present our work at a final class reading.
Class Material Fee $10
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Meg is a journalist who specializes in mentoring, interviewing and writing personal histories. She teaches memoir writing at Taborspace in Portland. A former reporter with the Portland Oregonian, St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Albany Democrat-Herald newspapers, she has written and edited several personal histories. She collaborated with her mother on Good Timber, a memoir of her mother’s childhood. As a reporter and feature writer, Meg interviewed and profiled hundreds of people. Meg is dedicated to documenting stories of person and place for future generations.
Meg and her daughter, Kaia Sand, have co-led a series writing workshops in Ireland. During the second half of the workshop Kaia Sand will assist in one-on-one mentoring.
Kaia Sand is a poet and essay writer with more than a decade of university teaching experience. She team-taught with Michael Glaser the Poetry England traveling writing course in Oxford and Grasmere, England, in 2005, 2007, and 2009. She is the author of four books —A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff, Remember to Wave, which investigates political history in Portland Oregon through poems and an essay; the poetry collection, interval, awarded Small Press Traffic Book of the Year; and, with Jules Boykoff, Landscapes of Dissent. A former artist in residence at the Portland City Archives , Kaia is currently Executive Director at Street Roots newspaper in Portland, Oregon
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