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 an excellent teacher who put a lot of effort into designing the class for all the students, no matter what their writing level coming to her.”
“Yurina was a remarkably gifted and effective teacher. I loved how she gave us plenty of reading, even with no expectations that we would read it. And she made great use of our time in class as it was a good balance of instruction, free writing and workshop. Yurina rocks.”
“Yurina was an absolute delight. She was a blessing to my writing by making me feel re-invigorated and enthusiastic. I have a lot more confidence in tackling my piece now that I've had the benefit of Yurina's wisdom. Besides having extraordinary qualifications she is a gifted teacher and a kind generous human being. I'm honored to know her.”