180 N 8th St
Boise, ID 83702
Join us for a workshop and panel on Lifewriting, a form of generative writing that takes everyday experiences and turns them into the stuff of literature. Come to Rediscovered Books Saturday, April 1 and learn Lifewriting from two seasoned authors, teachers and scholars: Lynn C. Miller, author of The Day After Death and Find Your Story, Write your Memoir, and Harvard English instructor Elisabeth Sharp McKetta, author of Fear of the Deep and the forthcoming book Energy: The Life of John J. McKetta, Jr.
The evening starts with a panel moderated by Boise State Professor Samantha Harvey where Miller and McKetta talk about how life writing has shaped their poetry, fiction and nonfiction; each will read brief excerpts from their published work. The program continues with a spontaneous writing exercise in which participants are encouraged to jot down their favorite life memories onto note cards. Miller and McKetta will then guide participants on strategies to form these fragments into life stories.
The Lifewriting panel starts at 5 p.m. and admission is free. Dr. Samantha Harvey will moderate.
Lynn C. Miller’s published novels are The Day After Death, The Fool’s Journey, and Death of a Department Chair. Co-editor of Voices Made Flesh: Performing Women’s Autobiography, Lynn has performed the work of many women writers, including Katherine Anne Porter, Victoria Woodhull, Edith Wharton, and Gertrude Stein. Co-author of Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir, she’s taught at the University of Southern California and Penn State, and was Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin until 2007. Short pieces have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, Hawaii Review, Phoebe, Text and Performance Quarterly, Writer’s Forum, and Chautauqua Journal. She is the editor of the literary journal bosque. www.lynncmiller.com
Elisabeth Sharp McKetta teaches writing for Harvard Extension School and is the author of three books, The Fairy Tales Mammals Tell (2013), The Creative Year: 52 Workshops for Writers (2014), and Poetry for Strangers (2015). A fourth book, Energy: The Life of John J. McKetta, is forthcoming from University of Texas Press in 2017. Her poetry and stories have been published in over 50 literary journals around the United States, including Mid-American Review, Literary Mama, bosque, and The Coachella Review, and she serves as the nonfiction editor for bosque: the magazine. Her PhD (Univ. Texas 2009) focused on the intersections between fairy tales and autobiography. She lives in Boise with her family.www.elisabethsharpmcketta.com
Dr. Samantha Harvey joined the faculty of the Department of English at Boise State University in 2010. She received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University in English Literature and her B.A. in English and the Study of Religion from Harvard University. Dr. Harvey’s teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century British poetry and prose, transatlantic Romanticism, and literature and the environment. She is the organizer and host of The Idea of Nature lecture series.