On March 31, students from the Shape & Flow Writing Studio read their personal narratives at The Bard's Town Lounge. Here are some of the stories we heard—falling in love with Biscotti; discovering a passion for African violets, observing the "Guitar Girl," playing on a Highlands street corner for tips, coincidentally followed by a monologue in the voice of a busker. We heard a child's view of family angst created by her teenage brother's elopement; a multi-generational crisis created by "radical" Black hair styles; a young wife's humiliation at a repeat encounter with police, after a domestic dispute; a kindergartener's voiced disdain for Dick and Jane readers. All were deeply felt stories, reimagined and made special by individual voices that described details of personal experience.
Personal narrative, whether essay or memoir, is evocative because it embraces real experience and a unique world view. Specific details become universal—touching on shared themes of love and loss, longing, disappointment, joy, disgust, fear, surprise, obsession, pleasure, pain.
At Shape & Flow writing studio, we write to learn craft.
We write for posterity or for publication.
We write to pay attention and to find out what we know. We write because it feels right!
Take some time to read my Musings, and scan my recently published writing. Call me, Kimberly, at 502-417-3424 to sign up for essay or memoir workshops. Or simply respond to this e-mail. You may observe an ongoing workshop if you wish.
A Gift from Mamaw: How to nurture something beautiful—Charlotte reads a story about a lifetime love of African Violets that began under her beloved grandmother's instruction.
From Afro to Mohawk—Anna reads her essay— an intergenerational story of daughters who come home from college with "crazy" hairdos their parents do not appreciate.