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Women’s Writing Retreat: Flash Memoir (Starting 03.14.2021)


Teaching Artist:
Joanna Penn Cooper, author of The Itinerant Girl’s Guide to Self-Hypnosis (Brooklyn Arts Press), What Is a Domicile (Noctuary Press), and Crown (Ravenna Press), as well as several chapbooks
See the description below for more information about the Teaching Artist

Sunday, March 14, 2021
Sunday, March 21, 2021

2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. EST

This class is sold out.

Come write with us! We’ll meet online two Sunday afternoons in March, and you will be led through a series of writing prompts, allowing you to generate short passages of creative nonfiction inspired by your life. Our goals will be to access creative flow, to produce some drafts of flash memoir pieces, and to find respite in writing community. The short drafts you produce during our time could gel into their own flash memoir pieces, or they could become the basis for a longer work personal essay. Alternately, you could see them as writing practice, as a way to loosen up and access your creativity. We will spend much of our time together working in the expansive mode—being playful and open to see what comes of that.

What you will get:

  • Brief discussion of some of the elements of engaging writing
  • Writing exercises and short readings to work with during and after the retreat
  • Verbal feedback from Joanna and peers on the work you produce
  • Time to devote to reconnecting with yourself as a creative person
  • Supportive writing community

Please note the following workshop requirements:

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

If you’d like to participate but there’s a financial barrier, scholarships are available! Email info@justbuffalo.org.

This class is sold out.

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Joanna Penn Cooper - Just Buffalo Literary Center Teaching Artist

About the Teaching Artist

Poet and essayist Joanna Penn Cooper has been teaching writing and literature since the mid-1990s and has held full-time visiting positions at Marquette and Fordham Universities. Since 2015, Joanna has taught community creative writing workshops in memoir and personal essay, and she currently teaches online the Creative Nonfiction Foundation and through her business Muse Writing & Creative Support. Joanna is the author of The Itinerant Girl’s Guide to Self-Hypnosis (Brooklyn Arts Press), What Is a Domicile (Noctuary Press), and Crown (Ravenna Press), as well as several chapbooks. Joanna’s essays have been featured several times in “Good Letters,” the online component of Image Journal. Her work has also appeared in The Academy of American Poets “Poem-a-Day” feature, as well as South Dakota Review, Zócalo Public Square, Open Letters Monthly, Poetry International, and other journals. Her recent chapbook is Wild Apples: A Flash Memoir Collection with Writing Prompts (Ethel Zine Press).

Visit JoannaPennCooper.net

Additional Information
Register for This Workshop:

General $125, Members $100