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Hettie Jones’ Memoir Workshop

August 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - August 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

Students in this workshop will begin to create a personal memoir in the context of its own time and place. Guided by exercises and examples from published work, each three-hour session will offer time for bothwriting and oral critique. For writers who want to repeat the class Hettie will bring some new writing prompts so they won’t be stuck or bored.  Best known for How I Became Hettie Jones, her memoir of the “beat scene” of the fifties and sixties, Hettie Jones is the author of 23 books for children and adults, including the award-winning Big Star Fallin’ Mama (Five Women in Black Music) and Drive, the first of her threepoetry collections, which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber Award. In addition to her own work, Jones has also written No WomanNo Cry for Rita Marley, Grace the Table for the chef Alexander Smalls, and co-authored From Midnight to Dawn, the Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad. Her short fiction has appeared in various literary journalssuch as Ploughshares and Fence, and she has published reviews, articles, and stories in The Washington Post and The Village Voice among others. Since 1979 Jones has taught writing at various universities, and is now onthe faculties of the New School’s Graduate Writing Program and the 92ndSt. Y Poetry Center. During the Spring semester of 2014 she lectured as the Durst Distinguished Professor at the State University in Purchase, NewYork. Jones is the former Chair of the PEN Prison Writing Committee, andfrom 1989-2002 ran a writing workshop at the New York State CorrectionalFacility for Women at Bedford Hills, from which she published a nationally distributed collection, Aliens At The Border. From 1994-1996 she was amember of the Literature Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts,subsequently served two terms on the Board of Directors of Cave Canem, and currently serves on PEN’s Advisory Council. Jones was a NYFA Fellow in Nonfiction Literature in 2009, and a 2013-14 recipient of a Civic Engagement Grant from the New School for her work with Manhattan’s Lower EastSide Girls Club, which she is currently continuing at the Howl Arts Gallery. Hettie Jones has lived in Manhattan’s East Village for fifty years. Love H, a selection from her 40-year correspondence with the sculptor Helene Dorn which was published by Duke University Press in 2016. She is presently completing Full Tilt, new and selected poems, and In Care of Worth Auto Parts, a collection of linked short fiction. Saturday, Aug10th  1-4  Sunday, Aug 11th  Noon-3:30

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August 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
August 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm