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How to Write History Through Your Own with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Date(s): Saturday, November 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Craft Class
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Family History, History, Indigenous, Memoir
Cost: $75 Regular, $39 Student

About the Class

The area of creative writing that is literary memoir has the potential of creating a historical narrative. Channeling the chronology of US history, write your own family history. Whether a descendant of the early British settlers or later and more recent immigrants, or descendent of enslaved Africans or a Native nation, the individual story is a unit of social history. After oral presentations of individual stories, write a brief narrative. Voluntary readings and critiques follow.

Meet Your Instructor

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, writer, and professor emeritus in Ethnic Studies at California State University East Bay, and longtime social justice activist. She is author and editor of fifteen books, including a literary memoir trilogy: Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie; Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975; and Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at