ONLINE Places In The Heart
This hands-on, active workshop will focus on the role that setting — the places and eras that have shaped us — plays in our lives. As memoir-writers and storytellers, how can we capture the essence of places we have lived, so that a reader can experience the world we come from, whether that world was San Francisco in the 1960s, Toronto in the ’80s, or Calgary in the 2000s?
We will do several short writing exercises in class, and examine the work of writers who bring places alive, including Kim Barnes, Howard Axelrod, and others. Come prepared to write, to listen, and to share in a supportive atmosphere. You will leave the workshop with drafts of several short pieces in progress, along with an expanded toolbox to develop a sense of place and setting in your work.
This is an interactive workshop using the Zoom web conferencing platform.
Judah Leblang is a Boston-based writer, teacher, and storyteller. He has performed his one-man show, “It’s Now or Never. My Life in the Late Middle Ages” at community centres and Fringe Festivals in the US and Canada, including Calgary (Best of Fringe, 2019). He is the author of two memoirs, Finding My Place (Lake Effect Press, 2012) and Echoes of Jerry (Red Giant Books, 2019). His essays and commentaries have been broadcast on public radio stations throughout the US, and on several Canadian stations. He teaches creative nonfiction at Grubstreet writing centre in Boston.