THE READ WRITE SERIES
Nine separate sessions focusing on nine separate elements of craft, each uplifted by an essay(s) or excerpt(s). Over the course of these 75-minute presentations, Beth will take a deep look at the central essay, discuss the tools of craft and wisdom the writer brought to the pages, and enter into a conversation with the participants about their own experience with the work. For each session, Beth will offer a single “five-minutes, five-sentences” prompt and then listen as a handful of writers share their newest sentences.
THE WORKSHOP SERIES
How do we craft active scenes and why do they matter? How do we write toward the others in our lives? How do we manage time? How do we shape the tone, the mood, the pace of our pages? Which of the many memoir forms—the collage, the lyric braid, the hybrid memoir, or the memoir in pieces, for example—best suits the stories we hope to tell? How do we navigate the ethics of memoir? How do we get our essays and memoirs published? These and other concerns will be our focus.
Each of the teaching sessions has been custom built by Beth to deeply explore the given topics. Short excerpts from more than 125 different memoirs will be shared over the course of the series. New definitions and perspectives on the risks, tools, pleasures, and possibilities of memoir and other truth-based literature will be shared. Exercises will be suggested. Sometimes Beth will use short excerpts from her own work to demonstrate a process or a technique (or a failure).
The sessions will be presented live via Zoom. An artful PDF featuring original photographs and illustrations will carry the concepts forward. Beth will present for approximately 55 minutes, leaving time for questions from participants during the last 20 minutes of the presentation.
We are also offering five new group critique sessions:
GROUP CRITIQUE SESSIONS
Each 4.5-hour Zoom critique sessions is limited to eight participants per session and conducted over the course of a single day, with a two-hour lunch break. Participants will submit up to 2,500 words of an essay or memoir-in-progress two weeks ahead of each session. Beth will distribute the manuscripts to other group members, provide an editorial letter in response to each manuscript, and manage a group conversation during which each writer will receive thirty minutes of focused response. Each critique session will begin with Beth’s comments on overall themes, patterns, and opportunities relevant to all participating writers. Beth will email her manuscript comments to each participant at the close of each session. Writing groups that wish to secure an entire session are encouraged to let us know. Our minimum is eight writers per session.