WALPOLE, N.H. – Process is everything in memoir, and the lesson is that we never really know ourselves until we begin to write about our unique experience. A safe, nurturing space in which to begin, to experiment, to challenge one’s assumptions, is crucial. Ginny Harvey Dawson, author of “Counseling and School Psychology,” said of Bernard’s teaching style: “Pam provides a safe and supportive atmosphere that empowers class members to write and rewrite about sometimes painful personal memories until they have produced fine work.”
These workshops focus on craft, bringing with short personal narratives and lyric essays, as well as memoir excerpts from published authors, to read together and study. Also, time is set aside for beginning fresh work. Finally, a group critique offers an opportunity for participants to bring in short narratives they have worked on during the week. If you are at all hesitant to give it a try, set up a free consultation to ask questions and discuss any reservations you might have.
Pam Bernard, author of four books, is a poet, painter, editor, and adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College and B.A. from Harvard University. Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her collection “Across the Dark” was a finalist for the National Poetry Series.