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SusanSusan OLDING
9:00am to 12:00pm

Structure in the Memoir and Personal Essay

The itch to write begins with an anecdote or an experience you want to share, a memory or an image, a question or an idea you want to explore. But what’s next? Where should you start? How should you proceed? How do you decide what to include and what to leave out when your brain is teeming with so much stuff?

Your material itself provides the clues. In this interactive half-day workshop, we’ll analyze the work of master writers to uncover a sampling of the many structures available to memoirists and essayists. You’ll learn and practice strategies to help you recognize the form that your own work wants to take. And you’ll go away with resources and exercises to further your own writing practice.

While this workshop is intended primarily for writers of creative nonfiction, it might also be useful to poets and fiction writers.

Susan-BOOKSusan Olding is the author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays, winner of the Creative Nonfiction Collective’s Readers’ Choice Award for 2010 and selected by Amazon.ca and 49th Shelf as one of 100 Canadian books to read in a lifetime. Her writing has won a National Magazine Award, two Edna Awards, and many other honours. With a B.Ed. from Queen’s and an MFA from UBC, Susan has taught at St. Lawrence College and Queen’s, and has been a visiting lecturer in creative writing at the University of Victoria and UBC. She lives with her family in Kingston where she is currently a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies. You can find out more at www.susanolding.com

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