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VIRTUAL Stepping Out: Writing Our Lives in the Time of a Pandemic G220233V

In the past two years, our lives have been greatly impacted by a virus. For months, the world came to a stand-still. Fear rose like a dragon on fire, shaking us to our cores. Nearly one million American have lost their lives from this, and tens of thousands more have lasting side effects. Schools and businesses closed for months. As COVID raises it head once more in the form of virus variants, how is the continuing pandemic affecting your life? Taught by Pamela Uschuk, this four day online intensive will focus on memoir in its various aspects. Participants will write four memoir exercises. We will discuss basic memoir writing techniques, taking examples from memoirs by Carolyn Forché, Joy Harjo, Nick Flynn, Luis Alberto Urrea, Alice Anderson, Pam Houston, Fenton Johnson, Barry Lopez, Cheryl Strayed, and others. Each day, Pamela will provide writing prompts and written feedback on writing done in the intensive.

Four Sessions
From 2:00 to 4:00 Mountain time each day, Tuesday to Friday, February 15-18

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  • Pam Uschuk
    Pam Uschuk

    Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including Crazy Love, winner of a 2010 American Book Award, and Blood Flower, one of Book List’s Notable Books. Her new collection, Refugee, is due out in May 2022 from Red Hen Press.
    Translated into more than a dozen languages, her work appears in journals and anthologies worldwide, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Agni Review, Parnassus Review, Gargoyle, etc.
    Among her awards are the War Poetry Prize from winningwriters.com, New Millenium Poetry Prize, Best of the Web, the Struga International Poetry Prize (for a theme poem), the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, the King’s English Poetry Prize and prizes from Ascent, Iris, and AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL.
    Editor-In-Chief of CUTTHROAT, A JOURNAL OF THE ARTS, and Black Earth Institute Fellow, Uschuk lives in Bayfield, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona. She edited the anthologies, Truth To Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric Of Hate And Fear, 2017, and Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century. Uschuk teaches at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She was the John C. Hodges Visiting Writer at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She’s been awarded a writing residency retreat at Storyknife Women Writers Colony in Homer Alaska for the month of September 2022. Her work is featured in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series. She’s finishing work on a multi-genre book called HOPE’S CRAZY ANGELS: AN ODYSSEY THROUGH CANCER.


Feb 15 - 18 2022



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