What's Your Story? Writing From Memory

Dec 10, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm (MST)

Presented by

Lara Jacobs, MFA

Lara Jacobs, MFA

Lecturer, Program for Writing and Rhetoric University of Colorado Boulder

We do not remember days; we remember moments.

If to recover is to remember, what do we do with the memories that come? How do we tell new stories for our recovered selves? This writing workshop will explore the relationship between memory and writing. We often think of this dynamic as passive–a writer recording an experience or an aspect of her life that already happened. Together, we will consider the agency of writing our memories–how writing can create a new relationship to our pasts and new stories for our lives. We’ll find inspiration from the fragmented and sensory forms many of our memories take and learn how we can transform these images, lines, and moments into narrative. When we find language and form for our memories, we find new ways of being. Through writing prompts and exercises, we’ll excavate our pasts to create short works of poetry and prose. We’ll speak about writing process, silencing our inner critics, and learning to listen to the whispers of our narrative voices.

About our recovery writing workshops

  • For anyone ages 18+.
  • No writing experience necessary.
  • Due to the interactive components, we cannot record the workshop.