August 28-September 1, 2017 at Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC

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Judy Goldman is the author of a memoir, Losing My Sister, as well as two novels and two books of poetry.  Her memoir was a finalist for the Southeast Booksellers’ Association’s Memoir of the Year and ForeWord Review’s Book Award. Excerpts from her memoir appeared in Real Simple Magazine and Drafthorse, an online literary journal.  Her first novel, The Slow Way Back, won the Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award, Mary Ruffin Poole First Fiction Award, and was a finalist for the Southeast Booksellers Association’s Novel of the Year. Her second book of poetry won the top three prizes awarded for a collection by a North Carolinian. Her book reviews have appeared in The Washington Post and The Charlotte Observer, her poetry in The Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Kenyon Review, etc.  A long-time teacher, Judy received the Fortner Writer and Community Award for “outstanding generosity to other writers and the larger community,” the Hobson Award for “distinguished achievement in arts & letters,” and the Beverly D. Clark Author Award from Queens University.  www.judygoldman.com

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WRITING MEMOIR and PERSONAL ESSAYS:
Using Whatever is Tugging at Your Life
with Judy Goldman

“If something is tugging at your life, you use it,” choreographer Judith Jamison said. In this workshop (geared to both beginning and advanced writers – geared to new participants, as well as those who’ve been in my workshop before), you’ll learn how to craft your personal essays or memoir into something of value for others. We’ll discuss coming up with that seductive beginning sentence or paragraph, finding your way into your voice, learning the difference between scene and summary, using dialogue, turning the people in your life into characters readers care about. 

I’ll encourage you to have a naive faith in yourself, a sense of optimism about your work so that you can keep going even when you know you’re about to step off the edge of the world. We’ll discuss establishing a writing schedule that works for you and making time to write. I’ll address truth vs. betrayal – how much to reveal about people close to you. I’ll give publishing tips. Class will include exercises to help you discover your most engaging material. 

Bring 12 copies to Wildacres of an excerpt you’d like help with (absolutely no more than 2 double-spaced pages) for group discussion and critique. Mail those same 2 double-spaced pages to me at 477 Fenton Pl., Charlotte, NC 28207 – by AUGUST 1. Do NOT email them to me. I’ll return these 2 pages to you – with my detailed written comments – at the workshop.  If you’re just beginning and have no pages to send, that’s fine; you’ll still feel a part of this workshop. Questions? Email me at: judygoldman@earthlink.net
	
 
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