A Plumb Line Straight to the Heart of It: Memoir Explorations


Spend the quiet days of January and February with writer Catherine Young, plumbing the depths of being as inspiration for the expression of a personal memoir.  Mondays from 5:30 – 6:30 CST.


Dates: 6 weeks, Mondays, January 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM CST each week

Skill Level:  This generative creative writing workshop is open to all writers and anyone interested in memoir.

Class Registration Fee:  $90 for entire 6-week session

Behind each flash of memory is a world of story.

Memories hold the poetry of image and emotion that provide the base for great writing.

In this multi-genre weekly workshop we’ll use prompts and exercises to plumb the depths of our experiences and create surprising poetry, memoir, and flash writing.

By session five, our class community will workshop our creations.

Materials fee: n/a

Students need to bring: 

Handouts*, writing tools: pen and notebook, laptop or anything that works for you. Please also have a few sheets of blank paper and coloring tools such as crayons, colored pencils, markers, or pastels.

*Handouts will be sent to you by the instructor ahead of class. You will not need to read them because they will be used as prompts. You will want to make sure to print them out or to have them available on screen separate from your Zoom screen so that you can work with them in class.

Catherine Young  is a writer and performing artist whose work is infused with a keen sense of place. She shares her delight in finding the heart of a story. 

Her writing has been published in the anthologies, The Driftless Reader, Contours, and Permanent Vacation II: Eighteen Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks. Her work appears internationally in Reliquiae and The Island Review, and in Minding Nature, Fourth River, About Place, Hippocampus, Midwest Review, Kestrel, and Edible Madison, among others. Catherine’s poetry has been published as broadsides for Fermentation Fest Farm Art / Dtour Passwords and Madison Metro Buslines, and her recent poetry is found in Cold Mountain, Camas, and Passager. Her children’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appeared in Cricket.

Catherine’s work has received Pushcart and Best American Essays nomination, and she is the recipient of a Terry Foundation Edenfred Fellowship. She worked as a national park ranger, farmer, educator, and mother before completing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. Her writings and podcasts are available at http://catherineyoungwriter.weebly.com/