Autofiction and Micro-memoir: Writing Your Life in Very Short Bursts
A Prose Workshop led by Misty Urban
When: Saturday, October 19, 2-4pm
Where: Midwest Writing Center (c/o RIPL, 401 91th St. Rock Island, IL 61201)
Cost: $15 for MWC Members, $20 for non-members, free to high school and college students; scholarships also available for those with financial need – contact Ryan Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
The short forms of micro-memoir and autofiction let us examine the small moments of our lives with precision and intense clarity, scraping raw experience into beautiful expression by using narrative tools.
In this workshop we’ll discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of the form and learn how to select, shape, and share these tiny pieces that compress all the Big Meaning into small, digestible chunks.
Misty Urban is the author of two award-winning short story collections, A LESSON IN MANNERS and THE NECESSARIES, as well as scholarship on monstrous medieval women. Her piece “On Reading the Letters of Sylvia Plath, Vol. 2” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by 3Elements Review. She’s been awarded the Great River Writer’s Retreat, the David R. Collins Literary Achievement Award, and the MWC’s award for Outstanding Literary Arts Educator and is president of Writers on the Avenue.