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What: Guadalupe Home Reading & Book Release
When: Wednesday, February 19, 5:30pm
Where: Gemini Ink

14 Guadalupe Book

In this bilingual/bicultural workshop, we will look at memoir as embellished truth. Looking at authors Domingo Martinez to Joan Didion, we will explore how techniques of fiction are used to craft memoirs that get at the “truth” of experience. You will build your skills through playful exercises designed to help you bring memory alive. The course will include a review of publishing outlets, including social media and blogging.

$50 for 4 sessions: Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, and 20, Thursdays, 6–8 pm
Class size: 20

barbara 2010Bárbara Renaud González is a freelance writer, journalist and activist. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, and the San Antonio Express-News. Her book Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me? was published in 2009 by UT Press. González’s most recent project is an interactive children’s book for: The Boy Made of Lightning, based on the boyhood of Willie C.Velásquez. She currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

Since the days of Homer, writing about visual art has had an important place in poetry. This class welcomes both writers and visual artists to examine different forms of ekphrasis, from poems focused solely on description to those using art objects as metaphor. We will consider works by divergent visual artists and how their messages might be translated or expanded by tools available to the poet, such as rhyme and rhythm, simile and metaphor, and voice and tone.

$50 for 4 sessions: Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, and 20, Thursdays, 6–8 pm
Class size: 20

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Some of my best writing ideas and insights come while I walk,
which I like to do in the late afternoon.

 

GEMINI INK: Describe your first writing desk.

BEVERLY DONOFRIO: My first writing desk was the kitchen table, and I still like to work where I cook and eat. I like to write on my bed, on the sofa, in the rocker, on the porch; in other words, all over the house.

GEMINI INK: What is integral to your method of writing?

donofrio deskBEVERLY DONOFRIO: I have ADD and so getting up and doing things, such as chopping an onion at a paragraph break, works well for me. I used to try to chain myself to the desk, but now the writing is more organic and integrated into the many activities that make up my days. It would feel like torture to have to write in an office.

GEMINI INK: What is the best writing time of day for you? What is the worst? Does it matter?

BEVERLY DONOFRIO: My best writing time is in the morning; it’s when I have the most energy. If I’m in the middle of a project and really immersed in it, then I can pick the work up at any time of day. But not when I’m just beginning. Then it has to be the first thing I do, or I may never get to it. Some of my best writing ideas and insights come while I walk, which I like to do in the late afternoon.

GEMINI INK: What do you want to do in your writing that you’ve never done before?

BEVERLY DONOFRIO: I want to write about God without using the word God.

GEMINI INK: What’s your favorite writer snack?

BEVERLY DONOFRIO: Caffeine.

 

Visit Beverly at beverlydonofrio.com