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Memoir As Bewilderment

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Writing memoir can take you into the unknown of your misremembered past and allow you to push more deeply into the shadows.

When first approaching the idea of writing our memoir, says acclaimed poet, memoirist, and playwright Nick Flynn, we often write what we believe is our unique autobiography—but as we press on, we discover that our story is connected to everyone’s story, and only then do we access the deeper mysteries of life.

In this workshop, with Nick’s guidance, you will learn to:

  • Examine why you tell the particular stories of life the way you do
  • Pause and dive deeper into your narrative to uncover what lies beneath for increased self-awareness, understanding, and insight
  • Write memoir in a way that is intriguingly personal as well as universally relatable.

As we work together, you will look for those moments when you begin to stutter and stumble when talking about your project. From there, you will wrestle with the deeper mysteries as well as the concept of bewilderment, and how memoirs can embody both—through syntax, access to the duende, leaps into the unconscious, or simply circling around what is unsaid, unknown, and unrealized.

You will take home unexpected insights and a richer connection to the questions that can drive your memoir forward.

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Nick Flynn

September 10 - 15, 2017
Sunday-Friday , 5 nights

$385 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

Writing memoir can take you into the unknown of your misremembered past and allow you to push more deeply into the shadows.

When first approaching the idea of writing our memoir, says acclaimed poet, memoirist, and playwright Nick Flynn, we often write what we believe is our unique autobiography—but as we press on, we discover that our story is connected to everyone’s story, and only then do we access the deeper mysteries of life.

In this workshop, with Nick’s guidance, you will learn to:

  • Examine why you tell the particular stories of life the way you do
  • Pause and dive deeper into your narrative to uncover what lies beneath for increased self-awareness, understanding, and insight
  • Write memoir in a way that is intriguingly personal as well as universally relatable.

As we work together, you will look for those moments when you begin to stutter and stumble when talking about your project. From there, you will wrestle with the deeper mysteries as well as the concept of bewilderment, and how memoirs can embody both—through syntax, access to the duende, leaps into the unconscious, or simply circling around what is unsaid, unknown, and unrealized.

You will take home unexpected insights and a richer connection to the questions that can drive your memoir forward.

Faculty Bio

Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn is an award-winning poet, playwright, and memoirist. His poetry and prose explore the tenuous membrane that separates comfortable, everyday existence from the desperate margins of society, keeping, as the Village Voice describes it, “both the tragic and the redemptive possibilities open.”

He is author of three memoirs, The Reenactments, The Ticking Is the Bomb, and Being Flynn, which has been translated into 15 languages and was made into a movie starring Robert DeNiro and Julianne Moore. He is also author of four books of poetry, and his book Some Ether won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award.

Nick has received fellowships from, among other organizations, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of Congress, and his work is featured internationally in the media, including in the LA Times, New Yorker, New York Times, Huffington Post, and Paris Review, and on Fresh Air and This American Life. Each spring, he teaches in the University of Houston’s creative writing program.

 

Why Attend

  • Uncover your relationship to the essential mysteries of life by exploring the depths of your stories in a new way.

  • Develop your writing by asking important questions, guided by internationally renowned, award-winning poet and memoirist, Nick Flynn.

  • Dive into a weekend of writing, discussion, and self-inquiry, reaping the benefits of the unique insights derived from the exploration of bewilderment.

Things to Know & Schedule

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Recommended Reading

    The Next American Essay, edited by John D’Agata.

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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