Memoir writing across the genres

Memoir writing across the genres

  • Wed Jan 4th, 2017 9:42am
  • Life

JoEllen Moldoff will be giving a free writing class over five Tuesdays starting Jan. 24. The classes will continue on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 14 and 21 from 1–3 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library.

Marilyn Bousquin once said. “Memoir is a sliver – or slice – of your life experience.” It is a lens through which you tell your stories. Memoir writing draws upon imagination as well as recollection. It can be expressed in poetry and/or prose, as well as visually.

Tapping into memories and reflections, the class will explore and experiment with various genres that suit the stories the students want to tell — from the short (flash) memoir to prose pieces; poems or personal essays, or any combination of these.

Readings will be provided to stimulate discussion and inspire free-writing in class. Writers will be encouraged to share their works-in-progress each week. It is important, therefore, that each person attend all five class sessions.

If you would like to join the class, email Moldoff by Jan. 12 at There is a minimum class size of 10. All are welcome: poets and prose writers, new and experienced. A one-time fee of $20 is payable at the first class, for copying fees and as a donation to the library.