Memoir and Personal Essay

September 25-27, 2020

Schedule: Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm

Instructor: Patricia McNair

Registration Deadline: Registration Closed

Description

Our lives are filled with exciting moments and ordinary ones, good times and trying times, bits and pieces that make us who we are now. During this intensive three-day workshop, we will mine our memories and experiences in order to render our memoirs and short personal essays. Our own stories will be our foundation, and we will learn elements of the craft of writing and effective ways of capturing these moments on the page. We will read from published models and essays, we will write each day. We will leave with work-in-progress and creative paths to pursue after the workshop. Whether your goal is publication or preservation, this workshop is for you. Open to all levels of skill and experience.

Level Beginner and above

Class Size 12

Instructor Patricia McNair

  • Tuition $305

Instructor

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Patricia McNair

Booklist calls Patricia Ann McNair “an irresistible personal essayist of refreshing candor, vibrant openheartedness, rueful humor, and unassuming wisdom.” Author of And These Are the Good Times (essays), and The Temple of Air (stories), McNair received the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, the Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award, and was named a finalist for the Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking book of 2017.…Read More

Booklist calls Patricia Ann McNair “an irresistible personal essayist of refreshing candor, vibrant
openheartedness, rueful humor, and unassuming wisdom.” Author of And These Are the Good
Times (essays), and The Temple of Air (stories), McNair received the Chicago Writers
Association Book of the Year Award, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Reading
Award, the Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award, and was named a finalist for the
Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking book of 2017. Her work is published in American
Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, Superstition Review, Prime
Number, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Barrelhouse, and in textbooks
on writing. McNair’s second short story collection, Responsible Adults, is scheduled for release
in December 2020. She has received numerous Illinois Arts Council Awards and teaches in the
English and Creative Writing Department Graduate and Undergraduate Programs at Columbia
College Chicago where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award and was nominated for
the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professor of the Year Award.
Instructor Website

Workshops

Memoir & Personal Essay – Writing Retreat

Manuscript Consultations – Writing Retreat

Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

Class Confirmation
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Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details.

Materials Fees
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).

Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

Waiting Lists

If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.

Workshop ID 20R269-W01 Catalog

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