The Memoir Workshops With Pam Bernard
LATE FALL SESSIONS IN WALPOLE
Award-winning author Pam Bernard announces the continuation of her popular memoir workshops, to begin the week of November 7, at her home in Walpole, NH. These late fall sessions will be six weeks, Mondays and Fridays, 1-4 PM. The regular eight-week winter sessions will begin the week of January 9th. With enough interest, a Saturday morning workshop will be added.
As well as nurturing yet rigorous group critique, crucial issues of craft are explored in these workshops, such as narrative stance and tone, while fresh work is generated each week from prompts. Participants from New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts are bringing experience to the page by harnessing memory and imagination, and learning to shape their writing into compelling narratives as a way to explore and ultimately honor their lives.
Nancy Wilson, historian, says: “I learned to love the challenge of writing with all my senses, of finding the right words to tell my story. It is what I take away from this class—and to do my best writing each and every week.” Frankie Brackley Toleman, botanist and artist, expresses her surprise at what she discovered when she first came to Bernard’s table three years ago. “Pam’s memoir class changed my life! I thought that I had something to say but I didn’t know how to say it.”
“One need not be working on a full–length memoir,” Bernard says. “We draft short narratives from prompts, which may or may not be woven together. As material accumulates, you better understand the past that emerges, sometimes unbidden, and make of it a story that conveys your deepest intentions.”
Pam Bernard is author of four books, the most of recent a verse novel titled Esther. She is also a painter, editor, and adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College and BA from Harvard University. Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Photo: Pam Bernard
Photo taken by Harry Bernard