This is the fourth retreat open to members of the BWW. To sign up for the retreat lottery, go to http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/workshops-retreats/retreat/ Sign-ups close on October 14.
Focus for the day
"Containing Multitudes" - Writing the Past, Present and Future Self
Just as we are complex individuals in life, as creative nonfiction writers we are tasked with crafting equally complex personas on the page. When writing from memory and/or navigating between past and present, the “I” in creative nonfiction is often not singular but plural, containing multiple perspectives, emotions, and varying degrees of knowledge and understanding. In this workshop we’ll explore how to both limit the scope of persona and expand the potential for insight gained over time. Participants will be asked to bring 3-5 pages of work in progress and come ready to discuss their own personal narrative projects and their experiences of trying to shape the self on the page.
Retreat leader Jericho Parms is the author of Lost Wax (University of Georgia Press, 2016). Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, The Normal School, Hotel Amerika, American Literary Review, Brevity and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, noted in Best American Essays, and anthologized in Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction and Waveform: Twenty-First Century Essays By Women. She is the Associate Director of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches at Champlain College. https://jerichoparms.com