Transforming Pain: Memoir from Childhood Trauma with Louise Nayer (4/28 – Saturday)

Louise Nayer

Instructor: Louise Nayor
Number of sessions: 1
Meeting time: Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Dates: April 28

Course fee: $155

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are non-refundable.

Description: In this one-day class, and in a supportive environment, you’ll learn how to transform difficult childhood memories into captivating writing. Exercises will help you heighten language through sensory detail, learn the difference between scene and summary, and deal with time shifts by using flashback. We will also review the more challenging aspects of point of view so you can find the right voice.

Excerpts from Judith Barrington’s Memoir Writing  and from writers such as Grealy– Autobiography of a Face– will be used for inspiration and to help with structure.  We will also discuss emotional blocks and ethical concerns about memoir writing and the instructor will share her own journey of writing her memoir. There will be group work and plenty of time for questions.

Instructor Bio: Louise Nayer, winner of six California Arts Council grants, has taught creative writing for over 30 years.  She has published four books. Her most recent book Burned: A Memoir was listed in Oprah Magazine, was a finalist for the USA Book news award and recently won the Wisconsin Library Association award. She has given readings of her work all over the country and on NPR.