The Meaning of Everywhere: Travels in Memory and Your Backyard

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Robin Hemley
Week 4: June 28 to July 3
ORIENTATION: June 28, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: June 29-July 3, 9am-12pm
TUITION: $650
Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir
Open to All

ON-SITE HOUSING AVAILABLE
Workshop Description 

This workshop is part of MEMOIR & CREATIVE NONFICTION WEEK

 

The course will be a generative workshop exploring how we write about place and why. We will explore the places in memory that we keep returning to, journeys around our own rooms and backyards, being an insider in a place versus being on outsider, and fragmentary travel essays known as lapidaries. We will look at the works of several unique travel essayists and explore strategies for writing your own such essays.

 

Biography

Robin Hemley is the author of fourteen books, including most recently Borderline Citizen: Dispatches from the Outskirts of Nationhood, of which Jeff Sharlet writes: Quite possibly the most original travel book in years.” Hemley is the former director of the nonfiction writing program at the University of Iowa, a graduate of The Iowa Writers Workshop, and a former Fine Arts Work Center Fellow.