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Diving Deep: Art of the Memoir – G1910215

Workshop ID: G1910215
Dates: October 6 - October 12
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

Discover the life-changing potential of memoir writing in a workshop designed to take you deeper into your heart and your past, to mine your own life for the stories that need telling. In a supportive environment, through writing assignments, sharing and discussionyou will be taught how to write lively scenes, develop voice, make smooth transitions, to transform dialogue as it is really spoken to pared down, written dialogue with the ring of authenticity—for starters. You’ll create first drafts, receive feedback and instruction, and then re-write at least one piece, using techniques that invite the reader to experience vicariously what you lived. When we take the time to write about our lives, we see, as Gerard Manley Hopkins put it so eloquently, “The deep down of things.” Telling your story can be profound and transformative. All that is required is a strong desire and the courage to write the truth.

 

Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Camping$775.00
Commuter$775.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Beverly Donofrio

Beverly Donofrio’s memoir, the New York Times bestseller, Riding in Cars with Boys, was made into a popular movie. Looking for Mary and Astonished are much praised, as are her three children’s books; the latest,


 

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Diving Deep: Art of Memoir

Instructor: Beverly Donofrio

Start Date: 10/6/19, End Date: 10/12/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 10/6/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: Discover the life-changing potential of memoir writing in a workshop designed to take you deeper into your heart and your past, to mine your own life for the stories that need telling. When we take the time to write about our lives, we see, as Gerard Manley Hopkins put it so eloquently, “The deep down of things.” Telling your story can be profound and transformative. All that is required is a strong desire and the courage to write the truth.

Learning Outcomes: In a supportive environment, through writing assignments, sharing and discussion you will be taught how to write lively scenes, develop voice, make smooth transitions, to transform dialogue as it is really spoken to pared down, written dialogue with the ring of authenticity. For starters, you’ll create first drafts, receive feedback and instruction, and then rewrite at least one piece, using techniques that invite the reader to experience vicariously what you lived.

Instructor Background: A master at memoir writing, Beverly Donofrio has written three memoirs. Her first, Riding in Cars with Boys, was a New York Times bestseller and made into a popular movie. She has written for national venues such as the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, O Magazine, Spirituality and Health, Brevity, Long Reads, and others. Her essays are widely anthologies. And her radio documentaries for NPR have won awards.

Provided Materials: Instructor will make copies of handouts.

What to Bring: Pencil and pen and paper. A laptop if you have one.

FAQs: Q: Should I bring writing I’ve already done? A: No.

Recommended Resources: Vivian Gornick’s “The Situation and the Story,” Mary Karr’s “The Art of Memoir.”


Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to: registrar@GhostRanch.org
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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