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Write Here, Write Now: Writing Truth from Memory with Lynn Melnick

Date(s): Monday, April 26, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Genre and Form(s): Experimental, Poetry, Writing Process
Cost: $5

About this Event

Need ideas to help you get started writing? Take a dip into our classes before you dive in! Presented in partnership with Phoenix College and Changing Hands Bookstore, Write Here, Write Now is a monthly pop-up workshop every 4th Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

This month: Writing Truth from Memory with Lynn Melnick!

How do we write poems based on our memories if memory itself is so malleable and unreliable? Is it okay to change the details or combine memories? How can we use our memories to enhance our work? In this workshop we'll talk about the different ways we remember according to our senses (visually, emotionally, etc) and read poems from Shane McCrae, Danielle Pafunda, and Adrienne Su that play with memory as a sometimes problematic road to the truth. Ahead of the workshop, please think about memories that can serve as a springboard for your poems: not just actions and landscapes, but specific impressions of sights, sounds, or words. At the end of the workshop, participants will have new drafts for poems, ideas for future work, and tips for revision grounded in both memory and truth.

About the Author

Headshot of Lynn Melnick

Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Refusnik (forthcoming, 2022), Landscape with Sex and Violence (2017), and If I Should Say I Have Hope (2012), all with YesYes Books. I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive, a book about Dolly Parton that is also a bit of a memoir, is forthcoming from University of Texas Press in 2022. Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and A Public Space.