Capturing the Past Through Honest Eyes Cultural Event

As part of the Festival of the Arts, Ferris professor Deirdre Fagan will be hosting “Capturing the Past Through Honest Eyes: Techniques for Memoir Writing” on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00pm at Three Girls Bakery in Big Rapids. Everyone has a story to tell and what better story than your own? Unlike an autobiography, a memoir is a series of memories. Kevin Fenton, a talented contemporary writer says,

Memoirs are selections from your life story, shaped by theme, driven by a few burning questions.

Anyone old enough to have memories can write a memoir. Think about memories you would like to capture and join Deirdre Fagan at the Three Girls’ Bakery to talk about strategies for giving them creative form.

This workshop will discuss approaches to getting started on memoir writing, including research and working with artifacts, form selection, and the development of a style and voice. Participants will receive a reading list and suggestions of future study.

Deirdre Fagan is an assistant professor and the Coordinator of Creative Writing in the English, Literature, and World Languages Department at Ferris State University, and previously held teaching positions in New York, Maryland, Florida, and Illinois. She is the author of Critical Companion to Robert Frost, and has published a dozen critical and collected essays and encyclopedia entries on poetry, memoir, and creative and expository writing pedagogy. She has also published her own short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

For more information, please visit the Festival of the Arts webpage.