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Pat Conroy Literary Center

Workshop: Strong Currents: Writing About Place, Led by Patricia Foster

Workshop: Strong Currents: Writing About Place, Led by Patricia Foster
Workshop: Strong Currents: Writing About Place, Led by Patricia Foster

Time & Location

Nov 16, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Pat Conroy Literary Center, 601 Bladen St, Beaufort, SC 29902, USA

About the event

Register: patconroyliterarycenter.eventbrite.com

Thursday, November 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m. EDT Cost: $45 Limited to 15 participants (A minimum of five participants is needed for this workshop.) Venue: Pat Conroy Literary Center | 601 Bladen St Beaufort, SC 29902

“. . . feelings are bound up in places.” –Eudora Welty

This workshop will be an immersive writing class focused on the narrative terrain of place and its possibilities for writers of memoir and the personal essay. This means we will explore our inner maps of experience and memory, assessing the physical texture and evocative details of a place (be it a room, a meadow, a neighborhood, a town, or a part of the country) as well as the value systems and moral struggles within that place (what is approved/silenced /avoided/revered/made nostalgic).

In this workshop, we will make lists, use repetitive phrases for rhythmic nuance, do free-writes, and use close readings of published essays/memoirs to guide us. As in all writing, we are giving ourselves permission to take risks and surprise ourselves, to allow our insights and experience to organize the writing.

Thursday, November 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Limited to 15 participants. (A minimum of five participants is needed for this workshop.) $45/person.

Learn more and register at https://patconroyliterarycenter.eventbrite.com

Website: Facebook Event Page

About our instructor:

Patricia Foster is the author of Written in the Sky: Lessons of a Southern Daughter, All the Lost Girls (PEN/Jerard Award), Just beneath My Skin (starred Kirkus Review), Girl from Soldier Creek (SFA Fiction Award), and editor of four anthologies, including Minding the Body: Women Writers on Body and Soul.

She has won a Pushcart, a Florida Arts Council Award, an Iowa Dean’s Scholar Award, a Clarence Cason Award, a Yaddo fellowship and many other awards. She graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop and has been a professor in the MFA Program in Nonfiction at the University of Iowa for 25 years.

This program and others like this would not be possible without your financial help for which, as always, Pat Conroy Literary Center gratefully thanks you.

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