If you're a parent in 2021, kudos for surviving yet another day. When you're on your feet and looking after the kids all day, it can seem impossible to make time to sit down -- let alone sit down and write! And yet parents have a treasure trove of thoughts, stories, and memories that we might forget if we don't store them in writing. In this four-week workshop, we'll discuss the wonderful genre of "micro-memoirs" and why it’s a perfect format for busy parent-writers. We'll look at examples by Beth Ann Fennelly, Rivka Galchen, Sarah Ruhl, and others; write our own micro-memoirs during and outside of class; and talk about habits for continuing these micro-memoirs beyond these four weeks. This workshop welcomes new parents, veteran parents, parents-to-be, and anyone interested in the topic and genre.
Yurina Yoshikawa holds a BA in philosophy from Barnard College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where she taught undergraduate writing. She worked in the book publishing industry in New York City for several years before moving to Nashville with her husband in 2017. Her writing has appeared in The Pinch, The New Inquiry, Hyphen, Chapter 16, and others. She was a 2019-2020 OZ Art Wire Fellow, the winner of the 2020 True Tennessee Stories Contest, and the runner-up in the 2020 Pinch Awards for Fiction. For more information, visit www.yurinayoshikawa.com.
"Yurina is brilliant and so kind! You can tell she is passionate about writing, and she made difficult concepts easy to understand with a lot of examples and practice. She was also very mindful of making sure all students in the class were heard and had ample opportunities to participate at whatever level we were comfortable with."
"Yurina is a consummate professional as a teacher and sharer of knowledge. She was encouraging and helpful and constructed the class expertly with opportunities to participate. I learned things I'd never been taught before so it was challenging yet fun. I will be taking the next level class with Yurina at the Porch."
"Yurina is a wonderful instructor. She deeply engages with students and tailors lessons to meet budding writers where they are as she guides them towards where they could be as artists. More than that, she listens to her students and cultivates a safe, respectful and nurturing workshop environment. I will definitely seek out more classes with Yurina in the future!"