Poetry as Memoir
Memoir as Poetry
Writing Workshop with Linda Freeman
Sunday, January 22, from 1:30-3:00pm
You’ve got much to say. A lived life. Putting it all down on paper doesn’t have to be a daunting task! In this roll-up-our-sleeves writing workshop we will get to work with pen and paper to unleash your stories and memories and explore poetic devices that can make them sing. This will be a fun, supportive creative writing workshop designed to get your words flowing.
As writers, we've been told to write what we know, and the memoir has become a very popular literary form. This workshop will explore using poetry as memoir, as the instructor did in her book, The Family Plot (Backroom Window Press, 2022). Part craft discussion, part generative, this workshop will delve deeply into what moves a poem from sentimental to sizzling, and from individual to universal. With a frank look at truth, revelations, family secrets and more. Please bring a notepad and pen and be ready to write!
Registration is required, as spaces are limited.
In the event of inclement weather, this program will take place virtually.
About the Instructor
Linda McCauley Freeman is the author of the full-length poetry collection The Family Plot (Backroom Window Press, 2022) a memoir in poetry. She has been widely published in international journals, including in a Chinese translation. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize 2022. Recently she was the featured poet in The Poet Magazine, and appeared in Delta Poetry Review, Amsterdam Quarterly, and won Grand Prize in StoriArts’Maya Angelou poetry contest. She received a grant from Arts MidHudson and was selected for Poets Respond to Art 2020, 2021 and 2022 shows. She was a three-time winner in the Talespinners Short Story contest judged by Michael Korda. She has an MFA from Bennington College and is the former poet-in-residence of the Putnam Arts Council. She lives in the Hudson Valley, NY. Follow her at www.LindaMcCauleyFreeman,com, http://www.Facebook.com/LindaMcCauleyFreeman and Twitter@LindaMccFreeman. The Family Plot is available on Amazon and through the Mid-Hudson Library System.