Write Here, Write Now | Lynn Melnick: "Writing Truth from Memory"
6:30-8PM (9:30-11PM ET) MONDAY, APRIL 26

Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU's Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group.

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

How do we write poems based on our memories if memory itself is so malleable and unreliable? Is it okay to change the details or combine memories? How can we use our memories to enhance our work? In this workshop, we'll talk about the different ways we remember according to our senses (visually, emotionally, etc) and read poems from Shane McCrae, Danielle Pafunda, and Adrienne Su that play with memory as a sometimes problematic road to the truth. Ahead of the workshop, please think about memories that can serve as a springboard for your poems: not just actions and landscapes, but specific impressions of sights, sounds, or words. At the end of the workshop, participants will have new drafts for poems, ideas for future work, and tips for revision grounded in both memory and truth. 

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  • Cost: $5.
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  • Refunds will not be issued within one day of the event.
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Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Refusnik (forthcoming, 2022), Landscape with Sex and Violence (2017), and If I Should Say I Have Hope (2012), all with YesYes Books. I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive, a book about Dolly Parton that is also a bit of a memoir, is forthcoming from University of Texas Press in 2022. Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and A Public Space. Her essays have appeared in LA Review of Books, ESPN, and the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture.