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Face Your Fears: A Memoir-Writing Workshop with Ana Castillo

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

In memoir, the reader must be persuaded that the narrator is writing honestly, whether or not he/she is, is secondary. This workshop will consist of a number of exercises which will help to get us started when working on a memoir essay. We’ll talk, we’ll laugh, we’ll cry. We’ll vent. We’ll write from our hearts and minds. And then, we’ll learn to get rid of all the sentimentality and leave on the page what is important for the reader to know about your memoir.

Requirements: Persons interested in this writing workshop must apply by submitting a 1-page writing sample to anacastilloworkshops@gmail.com by September 21. Students will be required to make 15 copies of their writing sample to bring to class.18-years-old and up only. This workshop is limited to15 students.

This workshop takes place at Trinity University Holt Center, Room 200


Ana Castillo is the author of the 2016 memoir Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me, and the novels So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Other publications are The GuardiansPeel My Love like an Onion, and her seminal collection, Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma which was re‑released as a 20th-anniversary edition in November 2014. Castillo currently holds a faculty post at the Bread Loaf program with Middlebury College (VT). Previous teaching posts include the first Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Endowed Chair at DePaul University, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Visiting Scholar post at MIT, and the Poet‑in‑Residence at Westminster College (UT). Other awards include a Carl Sandburg Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Sor Juana Achievement Award by the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature by Latina 50 Plus. Visit Ana Castillo at her website www.anacastillo.net.


September 29
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Trinity University Holt Center
106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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