Monday, August 5, 2013

"Remember When: Generative Memoir Workshop" Series Offered at the Midwest Writing Center

 Applications are currently being accepted for Midwest Writing Center's fifth Fall Writing Workshop Rachel Yoder, graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and former Iowa Arts Fellow, will lead participants through the workshop. This is Rachel's workshop description:

"Have you been meaning to write down stories from your life but haven't yet gotten around to it? Now's your chance in a 6-class course designed to cultivate your memories along with your creative writing capabilities. With the help of memoirist Abigail Thomas' book Thinking About Memoir, we'll experiment with an assortment of prompts to remember and write vivid, fully-realized scenes from all eras of your life. Each class will consist of in-class exercises, sharing, and short readings by published authors, while assignments in between sessions will involve longer passages from published work and revision of in-class writing. All participants will have the chance to share their work as well as give and receive feedback aimed at inspiring further writing."

Cost to attend will be $200 for MWC members and $215 for non-members, which includes a novel. This is quite a bargain considering that a comparable workshop at the Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa would cost significantly more (weekend workshops $280, week-long $560—the MWC workshop meets six times over three months), and a conventional class through the University would cost significantly more than that per credit hour. While there may not credit hours at the end of this workshop, the dividends will pay off in the participants' writing. The workshop will use Abigail Thomas' book Thinking About Memoir as a reference, the cost of which is included in the workshop fee.

Class size is limited. Applications must be received by August 28th and include answers to the questions listed on MWC's website via the link at as well as a writing sample. Students will be notified of their acceptance by August 30th. All sessions will be held at MWC on the 3rd floor of Bucktown Center for the Arts at 225 E. 2nd Street in Downtown Davenport. For more information, call 563-324-1410 or email

Rachel Yoder edits draft: the journal of process which features first and final drafts of short stories, essays, and poems in addition to author interviews about the creative process. She earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her writing has been shortlisted in Best American Short Stories and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and she received the 2012 Missouri Review Editors' Prize in Fiction. Her work has also been anthologized in Writing That Risks (Red Bridge Press) and YOU: An Anthology of Essays Devoted to the Second Person (Welcome Table Press) and published, most notably, in The New York Times, The Paris Review Daily, and The Sun Magazine. She's taught an array of creative writing classes focusing on both fiction and nonfiction to an array of students ranging from women in rehab to Midwestern retirees. She currently lives in Iowa City.
Rachel Yoder
Series; this year's focus will be on memoir and nonfiction. The series will be held from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on September 5 and 19, October 3 and 16, and November 7 and 21.

 Support for this program generously provided by the Riverboat Development Authority

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