The Mosaic Memoir: Your Story in Text & Image
This workshop will offer participants an opportunity to explore the long-established and increasingly popular form of personal writing, the memoir—with the rich addition of illustrations of myriad genres. The focus will be on both personal expression and effective storytelling through both text and image. Workshop will meet online synchronously from 5:00-7:30 p.m. EST each week for five weeks (May 26- June 23, 2021). This workshop can be taken by RIT students for credit (register for ITDL 415 Storycraft Workshop, SSI, on SIS), or for an online registration fee of $150 if RIT credit is not desired. Follow the workshop registration link to find non-credit online registration information.
We will discuss and practice elements of craft including scene, tone, imagery, character, setting, dialogue, structure, and theme. Participants will draw on memories, experiences, observations, and research to tell their story and express their ideas, intertwining individual experiences and universal themes. There will be regular writing prompts during our meetings and more for participants to do on their own—as well as ample chances to share and critique work.
The genre of memoir writing is flexible and predicated on personal inquiry, reflection, and discovery so this workshop can be individually tailored for different levels of writing and memoir experience, as well as different interests and expected outcomes. For those new to the form, we will build a solid foundation. For those who have some experience, we will work on focus and structure, as well as on experimenting with illustrations including ephemera, personalia, photographs, and other media.
Image is taken from Being in Pictures: An Intimate Photo Memoir by Joanne Leonard.