This option is perfect for anyone who wants to participate in all workshop activities but has an alternative place to stay. Participate in the group dinner provided by PLAYA and all class activities. You will have access to the PLAYA campus to explore and create with the flexibility of staying off-campus.
CRAFTING YOUR MEMOIR
Instructor: Melissa Hart
Dates: April 4-8, 2024
Skill Level: All skill levels welcome
Mobility Level: Easy mobility, no field trips.
This fun and lively workshop will help writers to organize their memoir from life events and themes. Using excerpts from published memoir, participants will look at literary elements, including characterization and setting, dialogue and pacing, narrative arc and structure. Writers will complete daily warm up exercises, share and workshop parts of their drafts in a safe and supportive setting and meet with Melissa 1:1 for questions and feedback.
Melissa Hart is the author of eight published books, including the memoirs Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family and Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood. Her short memoir has appeared in CNN, High Country News, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Real Simple, HuffPost Personal, and numerous other publications. She teaches for Southern New Hampshire University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. When she’s not writing, she loves to hike and run and bike long distance, kayak and Nordic ski and explore the outdoors. www.melissahart.com and Instagram @WildMelissaHart
Each day will start at nine am with a half hour warm up, followed by a talk about craft. From two to four pm, group craft talk and workshop short drafts. Melissa will also meet with students in half hour, 1:1 meetings for questions.
Day 1: Thursday, April 4: 2:00-5:00 pm Arrival | Evening on your own
Day 2: Friday, April 5: 9:00 am Morning Warm-up and Craft Talk | Independent Writing Time | Afternoon Workshop short drafts | Evening on your own
Day 3: Saturday, April 6: 9:00 am Morning Warm-up and Craft Talk | Independent Writing Time | Afternoon Workshop short drafts | Evening on your own
Day 4: Sunday, April 7: 9:00 am Morning Warm-up and Craft Talk | Independent Writing Time | Afternoon Workshop short drafts | Group dinner provided by PLAYA + Group Share
Day 5: Monday, April 8: Depart by noon
Equipment to bring:
- Paper and pen or laptop and charger
- Printer if you like to work with printed copies of your work. PLAYA is limited on printing capabilities.