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So You Want To Write a Memoir: A Practical, Yet Bold Guide for Getting Started
Saturday, Dec. 3
11 AM-1 PM ET
online event; open to mentors and mentees across all programs, woman-identifying, trans*, and gender expansive members of the public, and program alum
Writing your personal story can be overwhelming, confusing, and scary—but it doesn’t have to stay that way! In this workshop, Hannah Eko, writer, editor, coach, and author of Honey is the Knife will offer practical yet bold ways to start writing your memoir with ease, focus, and freedom. This workshop will delve into the mechanics of memoir writing, tackling some of the most difficult hurdles in memoir and how to approach them. Here you’ll learn what makes a memoir, where to begin your personal story, and best practices for memoir writing. If you’ve never written a memoir, or are in the middle of writing your second, this workshop is for you!
Meet the Teaching Artist
Hannah Shokoya Eko is a first-generation Nigerian-American first daughter who never became a lawyer, doctor, or engineer. She did however attend five years of military school and graduate from the US Merchant Marine Academy, during which she completed a thesis on Black ethnomusicology. After serving as a US Coast Guard officer for six years, she embarked on her longtime writer dreams. She graduated with an MFA in Creative Fiction from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 with university-level recognition for her fiction and nonfiction work. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Buzzfeed, Bust, b*tch, make/shift, Pigeon Pages NYC, and Aster(ix) magazines. She is a 2021 California Arts Council Emerging Fellow, a 2019 recipient of the Advancing Black Arts Grant, a Peter R. Taylor Kenyon Fellow, Tin House Scholar, and VONA (Voices Of Our Nations) alum. She has taught writing workshops at Catapult, Smith College, Bloomsburg University, and at White Whale Bookstore. She is the creator of the salon-style writing movement Women, Writing, Weed & Wine, a founding member of the Portland WOC Zine Collective, co-founder of the Los Angeles based reading series Palindrome alongside Tanya Shirazi-Galvez, and leads the Honeyknife Academy: The Premiere Finishing School for Emerging Writers.
This event is open to:
all mentees, all mentors, program alum, woman-identifying and trans* and gender-expansive members of the public