Memoir Lab
August 2016
Marge PiercyIra Wood

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Memoir Lab

August 05, 2016 – August 07, 2016
Rhinebeck, NY
Marge Piercy, Ira Wood
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Your life story is your most valuable asset, but do you know how to share it? Can you overcome your inner censors and keep writing in the face of frustration? How do you begin to tell a story that took so many years to live? When can you embellish and when do you stick to the truth?

Marge Piercy and Ira Wood have worked with thousands of writers, many of whom have gone on to publish. This workshop addresses elements of the writer’s craft and putting those techniques to use—during the weekend and when you return home.

Through short lectures and exercises, we focus on creating gripping beginnings, mastering dialogue, dealing with painful material, recovering childhood memories, developing strategies for organizing our experiences, and improving work habits.

Writers at all levels and stages are welcome. You may bring ongoing work (subject to length limitations). Participants may receive feedback and community support on a private Facebook page after the workshop.

More Information

Required reading: Piercy & Wood, So You Want to Write (second edition).

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty

Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy is one of the few American writers who is both an accomplished poet and a distinguished novelist. She is author of 17 novels, 19 books of poetry, and the highly acclaimed memoir, Sleeping With Cats. In total, her books have been translated into 19 languages.

Ira Wood

Ira Wood has written three autobiographical novels and a memoir-in-essays, You’re Married to Her? He is also coauthor (with Marge Piercy) of So You Want to Write. He has been praised by the New York Times for his “special gift for heartwarming comedy.”