WALPOLE, N.H. – Fall sessions of these popular workshops with Pam Bernard will feature two eight-week workshops, to begin early September at her home in Walpole, N.H.
Writing memoir involves more than recounting experience. In fact, the compelling memoir has little to do with experience. Rather, the work of memoir is in the struggle to understand what to do with that experience, how to perceive it as the older narrator who receives flashes of memory, often unbidden. Ultimately, the central task of memoir is to fashion a text, to weave the disparate threads of our lives into a story with which a reader can identify, because that story is, above all, emotionally true.
These workshops are nurturing but challenging, combining serious study of craft – narration, voice, tone – with ample writing from prompts. During each workshop, participants will begin a fresh draft, as well as have the opportunity for another draft to be critiqued by the group.
Pam Bernard is author of four books, the latest a verse novel titled “Esther.” She is a poet, painter, editor, and adjunct professor at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Franklin Pierce University. She received her MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College and bachelor’s from Harvard University. Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.