Making Shape Out of Chaos: Intensive Creative NonfictionWorkshop
ARE YOUfilled with ideas but can't seem to braid them into form? Working on an unwieldy memoir or a tricky essay? Do you dream of writing flash nonfiction, airing commentary on the radio, or starting an artful, intelligent blog?
Whether your subject is organic gardening, a trip to Tibet, horsemanship or your own life story, this three-day nonfiction workshop will lift you to a new skill level, help you find structure, and embolden your command of language. You will leave with at least one finished piece. Both novice and experienced writers welcome.
“Attending Christine’s workshop is like taking a ride in the Florida Everglades on a hovercraft—moss flying past, alligators surfacing and then receding; sounds from unseen birds—a world I’d be afraid to visit with anyone but Christine–a truly savvy guide.” University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival Participant
CHRISTINE HEMP has aired her poems and essays on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Her essay about sending a poem of hers into space on a NASA rocket won her a First Place Northwest Society of Professional Journalism Award. And her current memoir manuscript earned her a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature. Hemp’s work has appeared in such publications as the Iowa Review, Harvard Magazine, Boston Review, ZYZZYVA, Christian Science Monitor, Maine Times, the Drunken Boat, and in anthologies by Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and Orchard Press. Her poetry collection “That Fall” was selected for the New Women’s Voices Series at Finishing Line Press. Her art and travel writing has appeared nationally.
Hemp's awards include a Harvard University Conway Award for Teaching Writing, two Barbara Deming/Money for Women grants, the Donald Murray Award at UC Davis, a fellowship for a residency at Vermont Studio Center, First Runner-Up in the Iowa Award for Literary Non-Fiction and the Paula Jones Gardiner Award for Poetry at Floating Bridge Press.
“Connecting Chord,” Hemp’s program with police officers and youth-at-risk, began in 2000 when she spent a week in England with Metropolitan Police officers and youth offenders in the highest crime-rate borough of London – using poetry as a tool for crime prevention. Hemp received a plaque from the English Poetry Society; the Brixton Chief of Police called her program a “milestone event.” She teaches at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.