Turning Life Into Art: Tools for Making Memoir out of Memories
Janice Gary is the author of Short Leash: a Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, winner of the Eric Hoffer Prize, Nautilus Book Award and a Finalist for the Sarton Award for Memoir. Her work has been published in River Teeth, Brevity, The Spring Journal, Ms. Magazine, and other publications and as part of the feminist anthology, Women Speak Out. She is on the faculty of the Master of Liberal Studies Program at Arizona State University and conducts writing workshops combining memoir, myth, and the self as metaphor.
Hope and Renewal: How to Breathe New Life in Your Poetry
Yun Wei received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College and studied at Georgetown University and London School of Economics. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in over 15 literary journals including The Boiler, Michigan Quarterly, Shenandoah, Summerset, Poetry Northwest and Wigleaf. Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency represents her debut novel. She works in global health in Switzerland, where chocolate and tears are how she survives mountain sports.
Rooted in Writing: The Earth, Air, Fire & Water of Your Words
Dorothy Randall Gray is the author of bestseller Soul Between The Lines (Avon/HarperCollins), an inspirational teacher, award-winning visual artist, and LA Poet-in- Residence. Her publications include Muse Blues, The Passion Collection, Woman, Fierce With Reality, Family, Tamarinda, Sharing the Same Sky, as well as numerous anthologies and literary journals. She is ED of Women Writers & Artists Matrix, former NYU faculty, and Hunter College Poet-in- Residence. Her writing and healing workshops serve professional writers, incarcerated and homeless populations, veterans, at-risk youth, and post graduate students through PEN America, United Nations, Skidmore College, and Columbia University. A global activist, Dorothy changes the world one word at a time.
Sunday, July 24
The Art of Writing About Personal Experience
Carmen Bugan, a George Orwell Prize Fellow, is a prize-winning writer based in Long Island, NY. She was born in Romania and has lived in England, Ireland, and France. Educated at the University of Michigan and Balliol College, Oxford University, UK, with a PhD in English Literature, she is the author of five collections of poems (one a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation), an internationally acclaimed memoir, and a highly praised critical study. Her work has been translated into several languages and appears in publications such as PEN Atlas, Modern Poetry in Translation, the TLS, Harvard Review, PN Review, and others. Her book of essays, Poetry and the Language of Oppression (Oxford University Press) was named an “essential book for writers” by Poets and Writers. She was a Fellow at the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers (Scotland), a Creative Arts Arts Fellow in Literature at Wolfson College, Oxford University (UK), has received a major individual grant from the Arts Council England, and has taught creative writing and literature in the US, UK, and Switzerland. Carmen is a member of the Geneva Writers Group and of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.
Memoir: Mining Our Personal Stories
Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (BloomsburyUSA) and The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press), a New York Times bestseller and an Editor’s Pick. A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Jentel Arts Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center, Fundacion Valparaiso, and Bucknell University. Her work has appeared in VOGUE, the New York Times, Die Zeit, The Times-London, Lenny Letter, The Sun, TIME, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, O the Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and other publications and anthologies. She is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California-Riverside, where she also teaches medical narratives in the School of Medicine. She is a member of the Inequities in Health Care Working Group and an architect of the Medical Narratives minor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was recently named the nonfiction editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her book that explores art and disability through the life of Frida Kahlo is forthcoming from Nottinghill Editions/New York Review of Books in 2021.
Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, art exhibits, and dance performances. Committed to making poetry hospitable for everyone, she launched a YouTube channel featuring videos in which she reads poems to dogs (BARK & BARD) and pairs poems with craft beers (MASH), craft spirits (DISTILL), and coffees (PO-JOE).
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, July 25, 26, 27
WRITING SPRINTSWhat is a Writing Sprint? A sprint is a dedicated block of time for writing whether alone or in a group with the goal of steadily putting words on the page without editing or analyzing as you go. Writing sprints can help you:
Cathleen O’Connor, PhD is a writer, speaker, teacher, coach, and intuitive who offers developmental editing, publishing, book layout, and marketing services to other writers. An intuitive dream analyst, she has been quoted in the Huffington Post and had articles published in Canada’s Alive magazine and Australia’s The Sphere. Her books include The Everything Law of Attraction Dream Dictionary, High Heels on the Hamster Wheel - A Fable for the Modern Woman and The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory. She successfully developed a book launch plan for her 2014 book, 365 Days of Angel Prayers, keeping it at number 1 in its category for several weeks on Amazon and eventually selling the rights in 2017. She is currently at work on her first romance novel.
WRITING CIRCLE: Emergence: Finding Our Way In A Changed World
Margie Ann Stanko is an award winning essayist and poet who has spent most of her adult life working with special populations, utilizing the creative arts to access increased self awareness and improved self acceptance. For 5 years she taught writing at the Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Medicine, working exclusively with adults with traumatic brain injuries and the medical residents for the Department of Rehabilitative Medicine. She is an ordained interfaith minister and spiritual counselor, certified in Creative Arts Therapies. Rather than retire when she left her career as a Recreational Therapist/Hospice Counselor, Margie began her newest venture: Tea & Stones: Creative Meditative Experiences, offering individual sessions and workshops to all ages. She has recently moved to Appalachia, where she lives in an intentional ecumenical spiritual community, Elderspirit.