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“Writing memoir is like being a miner, shining a light into the nooks and crannies of our lives,” says instructor Katharine Harer. “We think we know what we'll find, but we're often surprised by the depth and complexity we uncover.”
In this three-week class on Zoom, you’ll practice some of the fundamentals of memoir writing: re-creation of a specific place and time using sensory details, addition of moments of reflection and acknowledgement, and the creation of short scenes. Katharine will show you different ways to structure memoir pieces, and you’ll learn about the important role of the narrator – you – in guiding a reader through your lived experience.
Katharine will bring in examples of memoir pieces that you’ll read and talk about, examining how and why each piece works, and you’ll be inspired by the work of other memoir writers, such as Jesmyn Ward, Ann Patchett, and Ocean Vuong. You’ll write your own short pieces in class and be given a variety of prompts for writing at home. Katharine says, “As you work with these tools and techniques, you’ll learn how to illuminate your experiences, helping you find your way into your singular life."
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katharine Harer loves teaching creative writing. She has worked with hundreds, maybe thousands, of students in her over thirty-year career as a community college writing teacher at Skyline College and as a private workshop instructor. Katharine has published seven collections of poetry, the most recent, Deconfliction, in 2020, and a full-length volume of poems, Jazz & Other Hot Subjects, in 2016. Her poetry and nonfiction have been published widely in literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. Her travel essay Delle Donne appeared in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2016 and a personal essay, Blue Flags & Painted Crosses, is forthcoming from Sonora Review in Tucson.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, August 16, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, August 23, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, August 30, 6:30pm-9:00pm
I found Katharine's teaching style empathetic and helpful. She was always about improving, no matter what level we were at.
I think Katharine is a great teacher. She gives everyone respectful, individual attention. She lets everyone have their own opinion and encourages us to listen to each other with the same empathy.