TEACHING YOUR PROSE TO SING
NOVEMBER 4-5, 2011
Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 Northwest Davis Street, Portland, Oregon
A nonfiction workshop with Christine Hemp
Like poetry, literary non-fiction opens the reader to an ‘aha’ experience. Whether you are writing about art, fly-fishing, scientific theory, a trip to Tibet, or family history, what distinguishes the literary essay from run-of-the-mill journalism is its music, its disparate connecting chords. The essay writer learns to trust the details, weave them in concert, and discover a larger meaning – surprising herself as well as her audience. This workshop – for the novice and advanced writer alike – will help you cultivate voice, tune in to the “ear” of language, and find a shape for your unique story.
Christine Hemp has read her commentary and poems on NPR’s Morning Edition. She has received an Iowa Review award for Literary Nonfiction, the Harvard University Conway award for teaching writing, the 2010 Paula Jones Gardiner Award for Poetry at Floating Bridge Press, and a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for her memoir in progress. A poem of hers has traveled 1.7 billion miles in space on a NASA mission to monitor the pre-natal activity of stars. “That Fall,” Hemp’s poetry chapbook, won a award at Finishing Line Press and was released in April. She writes, produces, and hosts a radio program for KPTZ public radio called “The Hempsonian Institute of Higher Yearning.” She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
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