Memoir/Personal Essay Workshop

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Pam Houston
Week 5 CREATIVE NONFICTION WEEK: July 8 to July 13
ORIENTATION: July 8, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: July 9-13, 9am-1pm
Discipline: Non-Fiction/Memoir
By Application Only

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

This workshop is part of Creative Nonfiction Week.

The class will be workshop focused and participants will be asked to bring a draft of approximately 5000 words to be critiqued. We will be working together to find the story that is lurking under the story, and how the writer might use particular tools (scene, dialogue, metaphor, point of view, structure, form) to better access that under-story, to bring the power of the piece to its full capacity. We will also have the opportunity to participate in a joint storytelling exercise with photographer David Hilliard’s workshop students and will be talking about storytelling across genre and form.

This class requires a writing sample for admittance. Please submit five pages of prose to Dawn Walsh at prior to registering for the class. Your submission will hold a space in the workshop. You will then be notified of a decision within a week. If accepted, you will need to then register and pay in full to secure your spot in the workshop.

If admitted, please bring to the first class ten copies of a manuscript up to 5,000 words, double-spaced, 12 point font to be critiqued in class.


Pam Houston is the author of five books of fiction and nonfiction, including Cowboys Are My Weakness, Contents May Have Shifted, and the forthcoming memoir, Some Kind of Calling, all published by W.W. Norton.  She teaches in the Masters Programs at the Institute of American Indian Arts and at UC Davis and she co-founded the literary non-profit, Writing By Writers, which gathers writers in five states and two countries to talk about their work. She lives near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.