July 15 to July 28, 2019
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 30.
This course will provoke vivid explorations of memory and meaning and prompt students to write the stories, poems, and fragments that arise from those provocations. Participants will also explore the various cultures each individual represents and develop a facility moving into one’s own margins and fringe identities and to do the writing and revision that comes from an exploration of self in relationship to place and culture. Writers interested in traditional memoir, short stories, essays, and poetic and experimental forms are welcome in this course.
Undergraduate: ENGL 424, 3 units Graduate/post-baccalaureate: ENGL 624, 3 units
All writers (memoirists, fiction writers, poets) interested in writing stories from their own lives and in learning the craft of writing and revising memoir should apply. Students seeking imaginative ways to write their memories by combining other disciplines (such as photography) are especially encouraged to apply.
Professor Kimberly Dark 619-708-8115
Writer Terese Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band and graduated with an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She served as Saturday Editor at The Rumpus and was a columnist at Indian Country Today. Her work appears in Guernica, Pacific Standard, Elle, West Branch, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, The LA Times, and elsewhere. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling
Heart Berries: A Memoir, which is a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Nobel Discover Great New Writers Selection, and has been nominated for the Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Award for Nonfiction. She serves as faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts and she's a Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University.
Lidia Yuknavitch –
National bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, and Dora: A Headcase, and a critical book on war and narrative,
Allegories Of Violence. Her widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader's Choice. A book based on her recent TED Talk, “The Misfit's Manifesto,” was released in October 2017. Her writing has appeared in
The Iowa Review,
The Sun, and in the anthologies
Life As We Show It,
Wreckage of Reason, and
Feminaissance, among others. She founded the workshop series “Corporeal Writing” in Portland Oregon, where she teaches. She received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon.
Jennifer Chen Tran
Jennifer Chen Tran is an agent at Bradford Literary, representing both fiction and non-fiction. Originally from New York, Jennifer is a lifelong reader and experienced member of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Bradford Literary, she was an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary and served as Counsel at The New Press. Jennifer understands the importance of negotiation in securing rights on behalf of her authors. She counsels her clients on how to expand their platforms and improve on craft, and she works collaboratively with her clients throughout the editorial and publication process. Her ultimate goal is to work in concert with authors to shape books that will have a positive social impact on the world—books that also inform and entertain.
About the course coordinator:
Kimberly Dark is a writer, professor and raconteur, working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life one clever essay, poem, and story at a time. She has taught, written award-winning plays, and performed for a wide range of audiences in various countries over the past two decades. She is the author of The Daddies and Love and Errors and Co-Editor of the anthology Ways of Being in Teaching. Her essays appear in popular online publications such as Everyday Feminism and Ravishly. Her poetry and prose are available in various literary and academic publications. Kimberly crosses boundaries to show how we must engage all the wisdom and verve we have to create the most compassionate, fair and inclusive world we can.
June 29 to July 12, 2020
July 13 to July 26, 2020