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    • November 20, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • On Zoom
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    Forest in the Trees: Shaping a Book of Essays or Memoir-in-Essays 

    A Workshop led by Rebecca McClanahan

    A well-shaped book of essays (or a memoir-in-essays) forms a whole greater than the sum of its separate parts. In other words, the writer—and later the reader—needs to see the forest, not just the separate trees. In this workshop, we’ll explore basic shaping principles and combine our discussion with brief in-class writing prompts. You are encouraged, though not required, to bring to the workshop a list of your essays or drafts that you imagine could be part of a book of essays or a memoir-in- essays.

    Rebecca has generously donated some signed copies of her latest book that we will be raffling off to attendees at the end of the workshop.

    Rebecca McClanahan’s eleventh book, In the Key of New York City: A Memoir in Essays, was published in 2020. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Boulevard, The Sun, and in anthologies published by Simon & Schuster, Beacon, Norton, and Bedford/St. Martin, among others. Recipient of two Pushcart prizes, the Glasgow Award in Nonfiction, the Wood Prize from Poetry Magazine, and the N.C. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, McClanahan teaches in the MFA programs of Rainier Writing Workshop and Queens University. She can be reached at RebeccaMcClanahanWriter.com.

Past events

October 19, 2021 OCTOBER GENERAL MEETING VIA ZOOM
October 11, 2021 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
October 02, 2021 The Flesh Made Word/The Word Made Flesh, a virtual workshop led by Kevin Winchester
September 25, 2021 Finding a Story, a virtual writing workshop with Jill McCorkle
September 21, 2021 SEPTEMBER GENERAL MEETING VIA ZOOM
September 13, 2021 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
August 09, 2021 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
July 23, 2021 July 23rd, 2021 Open Mic Night at Mug's Coffee
July 12, 2021 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
June 14, 2021 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
May 18, 2021 MAY GENERAL MEETING (FINAL MEETING OF THE SEASON)
May 10, 2021 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
April 20, 2021 APRIL GENERAL MEETING VIA ZOOM
April 12, 2021 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
March 16, 2021 MARCH GENERAL MEETING - HANDOUT AND LOG IN INFO
March 08, 2021 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
February 27, 2021 ACT ONE: Playwriting & Screen Writing Basics for Beginners, a workshop led by Elizabeth Searle
February 16, 2021 IMPORTANT: HANDOUT FOR FEBRUARY GENERAL MEETING VIA ZOOM
February 08, 2021 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
January 19, 2021 JANUARY GENERAL MEETING VIA ZOOM
January 11, 2021 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
January 09, 2021 Building Better Scenes: A Four Session Course with Sarah Creech
December 15, 2020 ENSURING ALL HAVE THE CORRECT ZOOM LINK FOR DECEMBER'S GENERAL MEETING
December 14, 2020 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
November 17, 2020 NOVEMBER GENERAL MEETING VIA ZOOM
November 09, 2020 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
October 24, 2020 The Poet Witnesses: Writing Documentary Poetry with Jaki Shelton Green
October 20, 2020 OCTOBER GENERAL MEETING VIA ZOOM
October 17, 2020 Chronicling a Death, Celebrating a Life led by Ken Garfield
October 05, 2020 Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via ZOOM
September 19, 2020 Innovative Forms of Creative Nonfiction, a Workshop led by Brenda Miller
September 15, 2020 REMINDER & LOGIN INFORMATION FOR VIRTUAL SEPTEMBER MEETING
March 17, 2020 MARCH GENERAL MEETING
February 22, 2020 Crafting a Compelling Personal Essay, a Workshop led by Patrice Gopo
February 18, 2020 FEBRUARY GENERAL MEETING
February 06, 2020 WINTER SOCIAL!
January 25, 2020 Poetry Workshop led by David Radavich
January 21, 2020 January GENERAL MEETING
December 17, 2019 December GENERAL MEETING
November 19, 2019 RSVP here for GENERAL MEETING
October 26, 2019 Nonfiction Writing on Caffeine, led by Mark Washburn
October 15, 2019 Annual Critique Group Night: Up Your Writing Game with Peer Review
October 05, 2019 Memoir Workshop, Plagiarizing from Your Life, Led by Judy Goldman
September 28, 2019 Brief Extremes: Writing Flash Fiction, Led by Charles Israel
September 27, 2019 FALL SOCIAL!
September 17, 2019 RSVP here for GENERAL MEETING
June 21, 2019 June 21, 2019 Open Mic Night at Mug's Coffee
May 21, 2019 RSVP Here for General Meeting
April 16, 2019 RSVP Here for General Meeting
March 19, 2019 General Meeting
March 09, 2019 Writing from the Heart in Verse, Led by Linda Vigen Phillips
February 19, 2019 General Meeting
February 09, 2019 Short Story Workshop, Led by Sarah Creech
January 26, 2019 Poetry, Led by Irene Blair Honeycutt
January 23, 2019 Annual Workshop: Recalling Memories for Your Family or Public
January 19, 2019 Poetry, Led by Joseph Bathanti
January 15, 2019 General Meeting
December 18, 2018 General Meeting
November 20, 2018 General Meeting
November 10, 2018 The Power and Necessity of Empathy in Fiction Writing, Led by Michel Stone
October 27, 2018 Nonfiction Workshop, Led by Alice Osborn
October 20, 2018 Publishing and Marketing in a Digital World, Led by Jessica Peterson
October 16, 2018 General Meeting-CRITIQUE GROUP Information Session
October 02, 2018 RESCHEDULED General Meeting
September 29, 2018 Flash Fiction Workshop, Led by Paula Martinac
September 18, 2018 General Meeting


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