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Telling the Truth: the Personal Essay and Memoir.

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Waterville Public Library, Maine

73 Elm Street

Waterville, ME 04901

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Telling Your Truth: The Personal Essay and Memoir

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 4p-6p
Snow Date: Wednesday, January 30

Professor Michael Burke of Colby College will lead a two-hour workshop on the nature, features, and tools of the Personal Essay and Memoir. The session will begin with a brief description of the features and tools of both the personal essay and memoir writing. Following this introduction, participants will respond to writing prompts designed to generate the beginnings of an essay or memoir, and will be invited to share the results with others in the workshop.

This session is appropriate for anyone 18 and older. Participants should bring something to write on and with: laptop, ipad, pad of paper, etc.

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited to 20 participants; registration is required. Register at:

Michael Burke has taught at Colby College since 1987, where he is Professor of English and Creative Writing, and Director of their Creative Writing Program. His nonfiction has appeared in the Boston Globe, The New York Times, Down East, Yankee, Islands, Outside, and other national and international publications, and he is the author of an adventure/memoir, The Same River Twice (University of Arizona Press). His play, The Town Meets, won the Maine Literary Arts Award in 2018. He has a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Creative Writing. He lives in Wilton with his wife, the fiction writer Patricia O’Donnell.

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