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Finding Your Creative Center through Flash Memoir (Starting 10.25.2020)


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, October 25, 2020
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. EST

In this five-week online workshop, you will generate short passages of creative nonfiction inspired by your life as we work on accessing creative flow and reconnecting with the wonder and joy of a life lived as creative witness. These vignettes 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.

Overall, you can see this as a generative course in which you produce material you can continue to revise in the future. Creative production works in a cycle of play (learning to be expansive) and revision (learning restraint). In this course, we will spend most of our time working in the expansive mode—being playful and open to see what comes of that. You will then work with the material on your—both during this class and afterward—to craft it into revised essays.

What you will get:

  • Weekly writing exercises and readings
  • Verbal feedback from Joanna and peers on your weekly exercises
  • The option to turn in an assignment (an expanded essay based on a flash piece or a portfolio of flash pieces)
  • Private feedback from Joanna on your assignment, focusing on voice, organization, pacing, and your use of concrete detail to ground the scene

Please note the following workshop requirements:

  • Limit one ticket per purchase.
  • Any tickets purchased at the member price require a current Just Buffalo membership.
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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 When We Were Fearsome (Ethel Zine Press).

Additional Information
Register for This Workshop:

General $210, Members $180