Writing Your Memoir

December 12, 2020

Schedule: Saturday, 9am-1pm

Instructor: Gary Jones

Registration Deadline: Registration Closed

Description

Award-winning author Gary Jones will share a several-points-of-entry approach to memoir writing, one that immediately produces text and encourages the development of a full-length manuscript. Participants will be provided professional models of this technique, given guided practice, and offered the opportunity to share their work with the class. Several 20-30 minute writing breaks will be built into the workshop.

Level Novice and above

Class Size 10

Instructor Gary Jones

Student Supply List
Spiral notebook, pen, and ideally a laptop computer.

  • Tuition $55

Instructor

Photo of Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Writer and teacher Gary Jones was raised on a small dairy farm in Willow Township, Richland County. He attended the one-room Pleasant Ridge Grade School and Ithaca High School, and graduated with a BS from UW-Platteville, an MA from UW-Madison, and a PhD from UW-Milwaukee. He taught both high school and college English classes from 1966 through 2014.…Read More

Writer and teacher Gary Jones was raised on a small dairy farm in Willow Township, Richland County. He attended the one-room Pleasant Ridge Grade School and Ithaca High School, and graduated with a BS from UW-Platteville, an MA from UW-Madison, and a PhD from UW-Milwaukee. He taught both high school and college English classes from 1966 through 2014. For many years he was also a freelance journalist, in addition to publishing poetry and fiction and writing plays, one of which was written and produced under a Wisconsin Arts Board grant. He has won numerous awards for his writing. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press published his boyhood memoir Ridge Stories in the fall of 2019.

Jones and his wife summer in their home outside of Sister Bay, and winter in their historic home in Platteville.

Writing Your Memoir

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Student cancellations

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> 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.

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