Memoir and Memory: Writing Your Story
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Dobson
Frequency: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, and 11/16, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Where: Pilgrim Center, 3801 Gillham Road, KCMO 64111
Cost: $240 / members; $300 / nonmembers for all four sessions
Award-winning memoir author Dr. Patrick Dobson presents his 4-week memoir workshop. Saturdays, October 26 to November 16, from 10:00 - 1 pm.
This four-week workshop will assist memoir writers in exploring their own stories and help them increase the effectiveness and reach of their writing. Participants will read and critique each other’s work. The goal of the workshop is to complete a short memoir (10-15 pages) or book chapter.
The workshop will take place at the Pilgrim Chapel, a creative space to define your experiences and write your memoir from the core of personal understanding. It is a time to connect to the heart of your story. It will be a time to discover and enhance your unique writing voice, explore theme and subject and its associated meaning as you learn how to focus your memoir. You will also discover how to engage with truth in the writing of creative non-fiction.
The workshop focuses on individual, thoughtful writing, setting of scene, and arc of story. We will discuss the basics of aspects of memoir and travel memoir, as well as editing and the processes and difficulties of publishing.
Patrick Dobson is author of two award-winning memoirs with the University of Nebraska Press—Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains (2009) and Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer (2015), recipient of the Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award and the High Plains Book Award. Spartan Press published his two poetry collections in 2017 and 2018. Skyhorse Publishing will publish his new memoir Ferment: Wine and Madness in May 2020. He has been an investigative journalist. He writes essays, poetry, and creative nonfiction. He has been widely published in literary journals. His academic writing in American History has appeared in a number of scholarly journals.