Memoir Boot Camp
By definition, boot camp is “a short, intensive, and rigorous course of training.” In my take on it, you’ll spend a week creating and workshopping new material using approaches that may be a bit different than what you’ve tried before. The goal is to help you move toward writing the strongest work you have in you. Our sessions will touch on persona, self-implication, ethics, formal matters, the roles of imagination and research, the business of writing, and any other questions you have. There is a fair amount of reading and writing outside the class sessions.
Marion Winik is the author of The Big Book of the Dead, First Comes Love, Above Us Only Sky and seven other books, among them New York Times Notable selections. She writes and illustrates an award-winning column at BaltimoreFishbowl.com and has published in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun, and many other places. She writes book reviews for People, Newsday, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, and her own podcast, The Weekly Reader. She was a commentator on All Things Considered for fifteen years. Winik is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore and has taught writing workshops all over the world since the 1990s.