LATE SUMMER 6-WEEK SESSIONS
New offerings! New 6-week sessions beginning mid-July through August, at Pam Bernard’s home in Walpole, NH.
If you yearn for a deeper engagement with your life and the lives of those who have helped define you, the act of writing about experience can provide meaning and direction—not as reportage, but as a way to shape your life story, a story that will have wide appeal. William Zinsser says: If you make an honest transaction with your own humanity and with the humanity of the people who crossed your life, no matter how much pain they caused you or you caused them, readers will connect with your journey.
In the face of relentless information overload, we are starved for human stories. As the tide trends toward the fleeting and disposable, an effort to take account of real experience by honoring our unique human predicament becomes crucial. These workshops approach the writing of one’s personal narrative not as family history, but as a learned craft, which, if explored honestly and rigorously, can change your life.
Intimate and nurturing, these workshops are also challenging and rigorous. Included are readings and explorations of craft, free writes from prompts, and sharing of drafts to be critiqued by colleagues. You need not have extensive background in the genre, just a willingness to open to its possibilities.
Author of four books, the latest titled Esther, a verse novel, published by CavanKerry Press, Pam Bernard is a poet, memoirist, painter, editor, and adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College and BA in History of Art from Harvard University. Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.