Writers' Workshop: Tame the Memoir Monster
Tame the Memoir Monster: What to Put In, What to Leave Out
Class Instructor Angela Foster
Alfred Hitchcock said, “Drama is life with the dull bits left out.” That’s a good lesson for memoir writers. But how do we know what is important enough to leave in and what can be left out? During this class, we’ll discuss memoir and do some quick writing exercises. You’ll leave with a better understanding of story and how to hone it down to the best it can be.
This project is funded in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.
Angela Foster is a poet and memoirist who teaches creative writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Angela received a Loft Literary Center Excellence in Teaching Award and a writing residency at the Madeline Island School of the Arts in July 2017. The New York Mills Cultural Center granted her a writing residency in November 2017 and she also received a Minnesota State Arts Grant in 2017. Other awards and recognition include a hand-carved chair and the title “Bard” from the Cambria Eisteddfod competition in New Ulm, MN, a performance by the Petaluma Readers Theatre in California of her memoir piece, Brat, and the selection of a haiku written by Angela for “Poetry on the Sidewalk” at the Pine City library.
Angela served as co-editor of County Lines: 87 Minnesota Counties, 130 Minnesota Poets, published by Loon Feather Press (2008) and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Nonfiction from Pine Manor College in Boston, MA. She co-authored FARM GIRLS with her sister, Candace Simar, released by RiverPlace Press in 2013.