RCLAS Writing Workshop: From Memory To Meaning

Facilitator: Sonja Larsen
Reserve your spot: secretary@rclas.com
Date: Saturday March 10, 2018, Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Anvil Centre, Room 411 A, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Workshop Fees: RCLAS Members $15/Non-members $25
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From Memory to Meaning will explore ways to spark and engage with our memories to create work that connects the writer and the reader on multiple levels.

Mary Karr said “Every memoir should brim over with the physical experiences that once streamed in—the smell of garlicky gumbo, your hand in an animal’s fur…” Starting with the idea that our stories live not only in our memory but in our bodies, the workshop will include writing exercises to help ground your work, as well as ideas for finding the thematic connections that give your story meaning. Recognizing that most memoirs are about painful events, we will also look at strategies for writing about difficult topics.

Sonja Larsen’s memoir Red Star Tattoo — My Life As A Girl Revolutionary received the 2017 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for 2017 and was listed on the National Post, CBC and Now Magazines best books of 2016. A graduate of SFU’s Writers Studio program she is currently working on a new book about her experiences working with youth in the Downtown Eastside.