A Material Memoir
December 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm$90
Master Class: 1 Session
Instructor: Gail Hosking
Required: When registering, email 200-700 words in a Word Doc attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “A Material Memoir.”
Deadline to Register: November 30, 11:59 pm
People’s possessions speak of them: they are resonant, betraying, and reflective. They chart where we’ve been and how we’ve been. In this class we will pick objects that are imbued with significance for us and use them to tell the story of our lives. Using the example of British writer Penelope Lively’s memoir Dancing Fish and Amonites, we will remember the whys, hows, and whens of these personal articles as another way to approach memoir. Come to the class with pictures or the objects themselves. Let’s see what happens.
Gail Hosking is the author of the memoir Snake’s Daughter: The Roads in and out of War and the poetry chapbook The Tug. Her work has appeared in such literary journals as Nimrod International, Lillith Magazine, The South Dakota Review, The Florida Review, Tar River Poetry, among others. Two of her essays were considered “most notable” in Best American Essays, and several pieces have been anthologized. She has been a finalist for several writing contests, including Iowa Review and Center for Book Arts, and has received scholarships for several writing residencies. She taught at Rochester Institute of Technology for 15 years and continues to write, edit, and mentor in upstate New York.