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Workshop focuses on writing memoirs

The Hood River County Library and Literary Arts are hosting Oregon Book Award author Jay Ponteri for a free creative nonfiction writing workshop Wednesday, May 14, 5 to 7 p.m.

Registration is required. Please sign up at the library.

John D’Agata describes memoir as “an agitation of memory,” which suggests memory-based writing as not just the expression of memory but volatile, vital consideration of memory.

In this workshop, participants will look at two examples of prose memoir in which the writer uses the poet’s tools of meditation, dream and lyricism, and then do individual memory-based writing and workshop (informally critique) one another’s work.

Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and show:tell, The Workshop for Teen Writers and Artists. His memoir, “Wedlocked” is the 2014 winner of the Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. His chapbook, “Darkmouth Strikes Again,” is being published by Future Tense Books this spring.

For more information, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535,, or visit their website at http://hoodriverlibrary



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