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Nonfiction Workshop: Writing About Family Without Making Them Hate You with Dawn Davies

Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

On Demand (Virtual)

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This workshop has sold out. To be placed on the waitlist, please email Marci Cancio-Bello at mcanciob@mdc.edu

Thursdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 2022 (4 weeks)
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET | Online via Zoom | Register to receive link

Learn strategies to help you decide when and how (or if!) you should write about family through craft lectures, deep discussion, and writing practice.

Writing about family dynamics and experiences can help us reveal truth in our lives, which is one of the fundamental goals of writing memoir. Writer Joy Castro says that in writing about family, “memoirists draw others–their family members, the wider world–into conversations about how to structure relationships.” It’s important work. But including family members in our memoir can be fraught with both practical and ethical considerations so daunting that they keep some people from writing at all.

Is writing about family fair? How do I write well about my family without making them hate me? What are the tools I need? Can I reveal the tough stuff without betraying my family?

Yes, you can, but there are important concepts to explore first.

This four-week workshop will help you:
• Explore ethical dilemmas of writing about family
• Examine your reasons for including family in your memoir
• Develop strategies for writing about family
• Understand the craft-related options memoirists use when writing about family
• Learn when and how (or if!) you should open your work up to comments or critique from family members

This four-week workshop will provide ample opportunities for craft talk, deep discussion, and writing practice.

Scholarships Available for MDC Students

Miami Book Fair is offering two (2) full-tuition scholarships for MDC students interested in attending the above-listed creative writing workshop. Applicants must be currently-enrolled, (full time or part time) degree-seeking Miami Dade College students with a demonstrated financial need.

To Apply for a Scholarship:
Please submit an application via Formstack by Monday, August 30 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The application must include your contact information, the title of the workshop you’d like to take, a short statement of financial need, your MDC class schedule, and a writing sample. First-time writers who lack a writing sample should submit a statement explaining their interest in the workshop.

Dawn Davies is the author of Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces (Flatiron Books, 2018), which won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal for General Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her essays and stories have been Pushcart Special Mentions and Best American notables. Her work can be found in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, The Alaska Review, Narrative, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. She lives in Florida.


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Thursday, September 1, 2022
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