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The Site of Memory: A Writing Workshop

ENGL 435.941

This writing workshop will be an improvisational journey that invites
participants to blend memory with fantasy, fact with fiction, imitation and
revision into the creation of an extended story or personal essay. Students
will read and respond to literature, free-write on a daily basis, and build
their skills from one assignment to the next.  The classes will
include short meditations, movement, music, and poetry to help recover,
revisit, and revise memories that may be new, buried, or long forgotten. As
Toni Morrison said in „The Site of Memory,‰ „∑..<i>All water has a perfect
memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.  Writers are
like that; remembering where we were, what valley we ran through, what the
banks were like, the light that was there and the route back to our
original place.  It is emotional memory˜what the nerves and the skin
remember as well as how it appeared. And a rush of imagination is Œour‚
flooding.‰ </i>