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Hettie Jones Memoir Workshop
August 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - August 11, 2019 @ 3:30 pm$200
Students in this workshop will begin to create a personal memoir in the context of its own time and place. Guided by exercises and examples from published work, each three-hour session will offer time for both writing and oral critique. For writers who want to repeat the class Hettie will bring some new writing prompts so they won’t be stuck or bored.
Best known for How I Became Hettie Jones, her memoir of the “beat scene” of the fifties and sixties, Hettie Jones is the author of 23 books for children and adults, including the award-winning Big Star Fallin’ Mama (Five Women in Black Music) and Drive, the first of her three poetry collections, which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber Award. In addition to her own work, Jones has also written No Woman No Cry for Rita Marley, Grace the Table for the chef Alexander Smalls, and co-authored From Midnight to Dawn, the Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad. Her short fiction has appeared in various literary journals such as Ploughshares and Fence, and she has published reviews, articles, and stories in The Washington Post and The Village Voice among others.