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Living Words: Poetry & Prose
Living Words: Poetry & Prose
Living Words: Poetry & Prose
with Phillip Shabazz
Teachers As Writers
Living Words: Poetry & Prose

Teachers have a story to tell. We all do. Whether it is a wild slice of life or a fairly normal one, there’s something fascinating about it. That’s why the memoir – people telling their story – has become a popular phenomenon.

Join us, a community of teachers, for a three-session seminar to learn how to tell your story by writing a memoir. Teachers who have never written a memoir, and those who have started one that they have not been able to finish, may learn how to complete it. 

This seminar is designed to teach you the basics of structure found in successful memoirs. 
They can be located in the work of Maya Angelou, Ernest Hemingway, Vladimir Nabokov, Joan Didion, 
Maxine Hong Kingston, and George Orwell, to name a few.  

In this seminar, you will learn how to:

• Develop a story into a memoir 
• Flesh out your characters and setting 
• Employ narration, description, action, exposition, symbolism, pace, and dialogue
• Generate conflict, tension, and tone 
• Amplify a scene and a situation
• Focus on the story line
• Write the first chapter 
• Hold the reader’s interest
• Elaborate the theme
• Discover your own style
• Reference excerpts from memoirs to see how the principles of craftsmanship are employed

Reading and writing exercises will accompany each element to help you apply these principles.
Together, we’ll discuss all phases of the writing process, from initial idea to sharing first drafts. 
There will be multiple opportunities to get feedback on your own work, and to discuss potential revisions 
for specific segments of your writing.

A successful memoir, like a ripe apple, is one whole thing, not just a collection of parts. 
Everything in it fits and flows together to complete the journey!

Contact Phillip Shabazz for more information at pshabazz@gmail.com

Books are meat and medicine and flame and flight and flower, steel, stitch, cloud and clout,
and drumbeats on the air.” 
                                ― Gwendolyn Brooks