Monday, November 17, 2008

The Art of Memoir with Adam David Miller

NPWP Breakout Writing Workshops:
presented by Audrey Fielding

Where do we stand as travelers and writers? What is the nature of travel writing? We will talk and write about our focus, values and facts. We will explore how one moves from a personal travel event to a story to a thrilling travelogue. Bring your favorite travel journal entry to the workshop (optional).
Audrey Fielding is a retired San Francisco USD teacher and a long-time Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultant. For the past six years she has worked on a story-writing project in Namibia that has led to the publication of ten classroom readers for Namibian learners. Also, as an amateur birdwatcher, she has written a 2008 bird trip report you can find online at She is currently at work on a book about the land, food and music of the Salentine Peninsula in the heel of Southern Italy.

presented by Judy Bebelaar

In this workshop, we'll look at different ways to approach memoir, and different possibilities for genres. We'll do some warm-up writing, read some wonderful writers, and then write ourselves.
Judy Bebelaar is a BAWP Teacher Consultant and a writer who taught high school English and creative writing classes in San Francisco for 37 years; her students won many prizes, including eight National Scholastic writing awards. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in literary magazines including Rudolf's Diner, Red Wheelbarrow, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Slant, Cape Rock, Blue Unicorn, Poem, The California Poets in the Schools anthologies Remembering What Happened and True Wonders, Willard and Maple, The Griffin, Pearl, and The Sulphur River Literary Review.

Dices, or Black Bones, edited by Adam David Miller (Houghton Miflin Company, Boston: 1970).
Neighborhood and Other Poems by Adam David Miller (Mina Press Publishing, Berkeley, CA: 1993).
Forever Afternoon by Adam David Miller (Lotus Poetry Series, Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI: 1994).
Apocalypse is My Garden by Adam David Miller (Eshu House Publishing, Berkeley, CA: 1997).
Land Between: New and Selected Poems by Adam David Miller (Eshu House Publishing, Berkeley, CA: 2000).
Japanese American Women: Three Generations 1890-1990 by Mei T. Nakano. (Mina Press Publishing, Berkeley, CA: 1990).
Ticket To Exile, A Memoir by Adam David Miller (Heyday Books, Berkeley, CA: 2007).

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