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Memoir Writing Workshop held at UMFK

March 21, 2011


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a memoir writing workshop entitled “A Novelist’s Guide to Writing Memoir,” by Maine Author, Monica Wood, on Saturday, April 16 in Cyr Hall, room 205.

The workshop will focus on how to recover and examine traditional and nontraditional information and transform it into stories. Participants will be shown various tips for mining memories, exercises for finding the heart of the story and focusing the narrative. The session will guide participants on locating the beginning, middle, and end of their story and techniques for handling scene and structure.
The session offered is appropriate for community members, including students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about giving a voice to their personal stories.  
Wood has taught workshops for over ten years to writers at all stages of writing. She works nearly every day in a small studio in her back yard. Having a physical separation between house and work is a great writing incentive. Even a few steps from the house to the studio give the impression of 'going to work.'
 “My hobbies are birds and music. I am an avid bird watcher and, for a period of several years, I was a singer on the local bar circuit. Nowadays I am content to 'sit in' occasionally with my brother's country- western band. I also read every day; it's a big part of my life as a writer,” noted Wood.
“Most of my reading is contemporary, but every so often I take a guilt-ridden foray back to the classics,” adds Wood.
Wood subscribes to many literary magazines, and she has a good collection of story anthologies and one-author collections. Wood also read novels, of course, and she likes reading murder mysteries when her own work is stuck.
Space is limited for the workshop. Interested persons should call Lise Pelletier at 834-7536 or to register. Upon registration you will be sent confirmation and a full schedule. The workshop is free.
The Maine author also will be on campus Friday, April 15 to introduce her new book "When We Were The Kennedy's.” The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in the Fox Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The events are being offered by the UMFK Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes. Primary funding is being provided through a Libra Foundation grant.