Date & Time 
Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Event Location 
Saint Mary's College, Delphine Lounge
Event Description 

There are many reasons to write, but one of the most time-honored is this: we have some strong feeling we want to convey. We miss the small red house of our childhood, the smell of our grandmother’s soap, the slant of our father’s handwriting, the perfect meal we had with someone in a seaside town many years ago. We write out of longing, out of memory, out of happiness, out of regret.  But we also know that no one cares about our house, our soap, our father’s script.  No one cares about the oysters we ate in that lost-to-memory seaside town. Unless, of course, we find the right words and the right form to make our readers care. “It is through form, not in spite of it, or accidental to it,” says the writer Jeanette Winterson,“that the most powerful emotions are let loose over the greatest number of people.” In this, a one-day workshop, we will read excerpts of memoirs in the morning and discuss issues of form, then go off to write before coming together as a class once again in the afternoon to share--and gently critique--something new, something that attempts to give those feelings of ours some form, meaning, and shape.

Marilyn Abildskov is the author of the memoir, The Men In My Country. Her work has appeared recently in such literary journals as The Southern Review, Hotel Amerika, Agni, and New Orleans Review.  She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award and Yaddo residencies and her work has been shortlisted for the Best American Essay series.

Class Size: Workshop space is very limited. Please book your spot early, as the workshop should fill up quickly.

Cost of Attendace: There is a suggested donation of $100 to the MFA Scholarship Fund

Payment can be made by check or money order made out to Saint Mary's College of California and mailed to:

MFA Program, Creative Writing
Saint Mary's College of California
P.O. Box 4686
Moraga, CA 94575

*In the memo field of your check please enter "MFA SCHOLARSHIP"

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Schedule for the Day:

  • Two hour morning seminar (10:00-12:30)
  • Lunch break (included with donation to register) and one hour free-write (12:30-2:00)
  • Two hour workshop  (2:00-4:00)
Event Contact 

Candace Eros Diaz
Coordinator of Admissions and Student Services

p: 925-631-4762

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