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English Faculty Give Wordstock Workshops

Natalie Serber and Jay Ponteri, English literature & writing faculty, will teach workshops at Wordstock on October 5 and 6, 2013.

Saturday, October 5, at 1:30 pm
Jay Ponteri – The Agitation of Memory

John D'Agata describes memoir as "an agitation of memory," which suggests memory-based writing as not just the expression of memory but volatile, vital CONSIDERATION of memory. In this workshop, we look at two examples of prose memoir in which the writer uses the poet's tools of meditation, dream, and lyricism, and then we do our own memory-based writing, and we end with a very brief class reading!

Sunday, October 6, at 3:30 pm
Natalie Serber – Major Minors: 
The Heavy Lifting done by Secondary Characters

Arthur Miller said that successful plays "have no characters, only relationships. Fiction is people acting and reacting." Our main characters need some other people populating their worlds.  In this workshop we will explore all that minor characters can accomplish. They can be catalysts for action, help define and redefine our protagonists, infuse our pages with humor, and expand the fictional
world.

Jay Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and show:tell, The Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists. He recently published Wedlocked, a highly acclaimed memoir.

Natalie Serber teaches in the Department of English. Her 2012 book, Shout Her Lovely Name, was featured in The New York Times Sunday Book Review and Oprah's List.

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