In this six-week short-form memoir class, you will work on telling your stories and, more importantly, developing your truth speakers—the strong, clear narrator that Vivian Gornick says “a writer pulls out of his or her own agitated and boring self to organize a piece of experience.”
You will read and discuss moving examples of personal writing, explore essential aspects of personal stories through craft discussions, and build toward one piece for a reading and workshopping session on the last day of class.
Jamie Passaro is a writer whose articles, interviews, and essays have been published in The New York Times, Oregon Humanities, Full Grown People, The Washington Post parenting blog, TheAtlantic.com, The Sun, and Utne Magazine, among other places.
Jamie lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys porch-sitting, dog parks, impromptu dinner parties, meandering walks and bike rides, reading books with her kids or on her own, and officiating the occasional wedding.