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“Who would you communicate with if you could reach across time and space?” asks instructor Kerry Muir. “A child yet to be born, a beloved friend, a parent now gone? Our prose takes on a strikingly intimate quality when we write with a specific recipient in mind—either with an eye towards instructing that person, as an expression of gratitude, or as a way to resolve unfinished business.”

Mary Louise Parker refers to her memoir Dear Mr. You as “a collection of thank-you notes” to the men in her life—among them her father, her first love, and the orderly who delivered her baby. Ta-Nehisi Coates began writing Between the World and Me as a letter to his teenage son to help him navigate a world fraught with racial injustice, and ended up weaving personal story, American history, and even facts and figures into a lyrical, compelling book-length narrative.

In this workshop, participants will explore the rich possibilities of the letter writing-form, engaging in a series of in-class writing exercises and optional take-home assignments to get them generating their own missives, which then may become essays, a longer chapbook, or the opening chapter of a memoir. For guidance, we’ll read selections from Coates and Parker, as well as short passages from Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Autumn.

Beginning, intermediate and experienced writers are all welcome -- anyone can write a letter!

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Instructor
    Kerry Muir‘s creative nonfiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Her essay collection, BLUR & Other Essays, was named one of three finalists in Bauhan Publishing’s 2017 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize, and her essay, “Blur,” is a notable in Best American Essays 2018. Kerry’s plays have received honors and awards from Sundance Theater Lab, Nantucket Short Play Festival and Competition, The Great Platte River Playwrights Festival, The Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, Trustus Theater Festival, and she has optioned and sold screenplays to producers in the US & Mexico. In late 2018, her award-winning play, The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me, was published in both English and Spanish by No Passport Press. A graduate of Vermont College’s MFA in Writing Program, she has led writing workshops for teens at Children of the Night.
Schedule
  1. Saturday, February 22, 10:30am-1:00pm
  2. Saturday, February 29, 10:30am-1:00pm
  3. Saturday, March 07, 10:30am-1:00pm
  4. Saturday, March 14, 10:30am-1:00pm
  5. Saturday, March 21, 10:30am-1:00pm
Reviews
  • Kerry's enthusiasm was contagious and she encouraged each student, while helping them see how to improve their work. She created a friendly and supportive atmosphere through group discussion, and suggested further readings.

    Chris
  • The concept [of the class] proved to be very freeing for me, esp. when dealing with difficult personal matters. It allowed the subject to be dealt with from enough of a distance to be accessible. It opened things up in general and soon the prompt was less necessary as I started writing on a specific topic. And that is what Kerry told us to feel free to do. She is a brilliant teacher. For me, she gave me everything I needed; structure and freedom to go beyond. I can't wait for my next class with her.

    Marilynn M.

Details

Start:
Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ 10:30 am
End:
Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Cost:
$295
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Berkeley
2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Memoir as Love Letter$295.00Berkeley

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