Summoning Creative Power: A Memoir Workshop

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Deborah Miranda
Week 5: July 8 to July 13
ORIENTATION: July 8, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: July 9-13, 9am-Noon
Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir
Open to All

Workshop Description 

This workshop is part of Creative Nonfiction Week.

A generative workshop open to all - including beginning writers and writers just starting their memoir project. Thich Nhat Hanh says that the work of meditation is to transform “compost into flowers.” In my experience, that is also the work of memoir. This workshop will help you to re-vision your lived experience as a form of poetic compost. Through a wide variety of in-class writing exercises, reading and discussing sample texts, this generative workshop is structured to inspire as well as provide you with new tools to continue the work on your own afterwards. Please bring an image of a relative/Ancestor (photo, painting/drawing), a blank notebook, and your favorite writing tools.


Deborah A. Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation of the Greater Monterey Bay Area in California. Her multi-genre book Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, received the PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, a Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, and was short-listed for the William Saroyan Literary Award. Deborah teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Washington & Lee University.