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Writing Workshop: A Master’s Class in Memoir with Brian Castner


Date: Saturday, February 29
Time: 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

What do you need to take your writing to the next level? Brian Castner will lead a one-day workshop on revising short personal essays and memoir, to reach that breakthrough where a piece reaches its full potential. All students will submit a piece in advance for detailed instructor feedback and also share existing drafts of their work to be discussed by the class.

Please be prepared to submit your writing sample no later than February 19 to submissions@justbuffalo.org

Please note the following workshop requirements:

  • Limit one ticket per purchase.
  • Tickets purchased at the member price require a current Just Buffalo membership.

See the description below for more information.


Please send an email to lgk@justbuffalo.org if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

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BRIAN CASTNER is a nonfiction writer, former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer, and veteran of the Iraq War. He is the author of Disappointment River, All the Ways We Kill and Die, and the war memoir The Long Walk, which was adapted into an opera and named a New York Times Editor’s Pick and an Amazon Best Book. His journalism and essays have appeared in the New York Times, WIRED, Esquire, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and on National Public Radio. He is the co-editor of The Road Ahead, a collection of short stories featuring veteran writers, and has twice received grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia in 2014, and to paddle the 1200-mile Mackenzie River to the Arctic Ocean in 2016. In March 2018, he joined Amnesty International as a Senior Crisis Advisor.

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Ticket Prices

General $95, Member $80