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Life Writing Intensive Workshop

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2023
  • Tuesday, June 27, 2023
  • 6 sessions
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, June 06, 2023, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, June 27, 2023, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • 7


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Intensive Writing Circle

Life Writing Intensive Workshop

The "Life Writing Intensive Workshop" will feature six different approaches and styles that help writers "bring to life" the people in their lives and their own experiences. The two-hour sessions will include discussion of example texts, writing exercises, and feedback on writing. Our discussion will develop around the narrative techniques employed by the writers of the following texts: Anna Funder, Stasiland, Laurie Lee, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, Rebecca Loncraine Skybound, Anton Chekhov, A Life in Letters, George Szirtes, The Photographer at Sixteen, and Louisa May Alcott, Death of a Soldier. 

Carmen Bugan, George Orwell Prize Fellow, is the author of five poetry collections, among which Lilies from America: New and Selected Poems (a PBS Special Commendation). Her memoir, Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, and her monograph on Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile has received wide recognition. Her book, Poetry and the Language of Oppression: Essays on Politics and Poetics(Oxford University Press, 2021), was named "an essential book for writers" by Poets & Writers; her new book of poems, Time Being, was praised by the Irish Times poetry editor for its "disciplined precision". Bugan was a Creative Arts Fellow in Literature at Wolfson College, Oxford University, a Hawthornden Fellow, the Helen DeRoy Professor in Honors at the University of Michigan, and has also taught at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. She has a doctorate in English literature from Balliol College, Oxford. Dr Bugan is on the faculty at the Gotham Writers' Workshop in Manhattan, The Poetry School in London, the Oxford Writing Mentors, serves on the Advisory Board of the Geneva Writers' Group, and teaches creative writing worldwide.

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