Glenda Reed teaches writing classes and mentors through various venues around the Twin Cities, including the Loft Literary Center, the Hennepin County Library, and the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.
Between emails, text messages, to do lists, work, family and social obligations, where is a writer supposed to find the mental space necessary to write? This day-long retreat is for writers looking to delve into their most difficult work and for those finding it difficult to delve in at all.
We will follow a schedule of silent writing, punctuated by mindfulness and writing exercises as well as relaxation techniques to help keep writers engaged and the writing flowing throughout the day. We will use exercises from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and discuss Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. The retreat is designed to help writers connect to a sense of spaciousness and ease with their writing practice.
This retreat is appropriate for writers with a project in mind and for those looking to explore their writing practice. Bring your story, essay, poem, novel, memoir, or just a pen and paper and a willingness to explore. We will be working throughout the day so please bring a bag lunch. Beginning to advanced writers welcome.
To sign up visit Loft.org
Finding the Meaning in Your Memoir
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Loft Literary Center
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Memoir is more than writing down a sequence of events. You know what happened, but what is your story about? And how do you get the perspective to answer this question? Through a series of in-class writing exercises, we will perform in-depth self-inquiry to explore the question: what is my memoir really about?
In this one-day session, students will borrow from fiction techniques to audit the secret motivations of their memoir’s main “character.” Students will write an elevator pitch for their memoir and then use these few sentences to launch into an exploration of the main “character’s” motivations, secrets, and ultimate change. We will discuss the secret motivations in memoirs such as Wild, H is for Hawk, and This Boy’s Life. Writing exercises are designed to guide students deeper into the personal meaning of their own story. The goal of the class is to help students find an increased understanding of their own memoir, and to provide students with the tools to continue to plumb the depths of their own story. Students need not have a completed manuscript, but should have an idea in mind.
To sign up visit Loft.org
Give voice to an issue. Tell your story in a larger context. Local feminist writer Glenda Reed will help propel you toward a working draft, a revision plan, and a publishing and/or distribution strategy that may include publishing in literary journals, newspapers, alternative media or blogging. Open to all genres and levels. No previous writing experience necessary. Take as a series or as individual classes.
Session 1: Generation: Learn writing exercises that focus on incubating and exploring new ideas
Session 2: Revision: Get feedback on work and learn how to make a revision plan
Session 3: Dissemination: Explore options for getting your work out there, such as literary journals, newspapers, and zines as well as blogging, vlogging, YouTube and guerrilla art
Hosmer Library is located at 347 E. 36th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408
*This class was made possible by the Friends of the Hosmer Library.