An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, October 15, 2020
Thursday, October 1: Author Conversation
Join authors Denise Low and Thomas Pecore Weso for a conversation on the craft of writing memoir.
Thursday, October 8: Spice Up Your Memoir with Thomas Pecore Weso
Put on your chef’s hat! Adding spices and kitchen arts to your personal stories can make your writing more memorable. Listen to some of Tom’s own experiences of organizing his memoir and adding layers of food description to it for texture. Bring your own story, written beforehand or during the workshop, and then follow some of Tom’s techniques for adding food senses of aroma, taste, color, texture, and sizzle. If there is time, we will read participants works. Purchase Tom’s food memoir Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir (Wisconsin Historical Society Press) at his discount plus shipping at firstname.lastname@example.org ($18).
Thursday, October 15: Childhood Stories and Family Secrets with Denise Low
Poet Louise Gluck writes, “We experience the world once in childhood./ The rest is memory.” Whether writing poetry or prose, childhood stories can engage readers with recognizable experiences as well as drama. In her case, family secrets include her Grandfather’s Native heritage (Delaware). She will share some best practices for working with family stories, how to organize and edit memoir, and provide a safe haven to write a scene or short poem. If there is time, we will share at the end. Purchase Denise’s memoir Turtle’s Beating Heart: A Lenape Family’s Story of Survival (Bison Books-University of Nebraska Press) at her discount plus shipping at email@example.com ($23).
The cost for this three-week program is $150.00. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member, please click here. To register online for this series, please click here. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.
Please note: registration closes on Wednesday, September 30! To register after this date, please call 920.868.1457. You will receive an email with information on how to join via Zoom two to three days prior to the class.
Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, is winner of the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Choice Award for Shadow Light (Red Mountain Press). Other recent books are a memoir, The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival (U. of Nebraska Press) and A Casino Bestiary: Poems (Spartan Press). Jackalope (Red Mountain Press), fiction, was acclaimed by Pennyless (U.K.), American Book Review, and New Letters. She edited a selection of poems by William Stafford in an edition with essays by other poets and scholars, Kansas Poems of William Stafford (Woodley). Low is past board president of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs. She has won 3 Ks. Notable Book Awards and recognition from the Poetry Society of America, The Circle -Best Native American Books, Roberts Foundation, Lichtor Award, and NEH. Low has an MFA from Wichita State U. and Ph.D. from KU. She teaches for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. She recently relocated to Sonoma County, California and lives on Tsuno Mountain. www.deniselow.net
Thomas Pecore Weso’s Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir (Wisconsin Historical Society Press) was a national Gourmand Award winner for Historical Recipes. It also won recognition from The Midwest Independent Booksellers and The Miller’s Tale blog. Weso is co-author of Langston Hughes in Lawrence (Mammoth Publications), and his articles, reviews, and personal essays appear in Muckleshoot Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Native Literatures: Generations, Overland Review, Art of Water, (Yardstick Books, 2019), and others. Weso, an enrolled Menominee, has masters and bachelors degrees from Kansas University in social sciences and has taught in Kansas City area colleges. He has presented lectures and workshops about memoir and prose throughout the Midwest. A second collection of essays is in the editorial process. He lives in Sonoma County, California. www.tomweso.com