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Let Your Memoir Be Your Resistance with Yvette Johnson

Date(s): Mondays, March 26 - April 9, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 (view map)
Craft Class, Generative Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Memoir

$149 Regular, $135 ASU Affiliate, $99 Student

About the Class

In this writing and discussion-intensive course, students will explore how their personal stories relate to current issues in the national narrative on anything from global warming, mental health, parenting, social justice, prison reform, and more, much more. As our country evolves around us, so too do our voices and the intimate trajectories we take in response to social changes. Bring your voice and your stories to the group.

Strangely, a good memoir is not about the author, instead a good memoir is the writer's opportunity to use their own life to provide a gift to the reader.

Meet Your Instructor

Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019 Yvette Johnson
Yvette Johnson is an accomplished writer, filmmaker, speaker, and the Executive Director of the Booker Writer Project which facilitates workshops on unconscious bias. Her memoir, The Song and the Silence, was published in 2017. Of her book, the Library Journal wrote, “This rich complex family history will appeal to anyone desiring a greater understanding of the consequences of intolerance.” Johnson co-produced the documentary, Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story, which premiered at the internationally recognized Tribeca Film Festival. The film also won several industry awards including the 2013 International Cinema in Industry: Documentary Gold Award, the 2013 FOCAL International Award for Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production, and the 34th Annual Telly Silver Award for Social Issues.