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Memory and Writing: An Introduction to Memoir

In this three-hour workshop, we will explore writing about your personal experiences and how to transform them into a memorable memoir. We will discuss and practice structuring your story, ordering your memories, and developing effective storytelling skills. Students will learn tips and techniques that will help them get started on—or continue—their projects, large or small.


Dr. Patrick Dobson has lived most of his life on the fringes of the Great Plains. His first book, Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains, was published to critical acclaim in 2009. His second book, Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River summer was published in May 2015 and won the 2016 Thorpe Menn Prize for Literary Excellence and the 2016 High Plains Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. He is a writer, college professor, and union ironworker in Kansas City, Missouri. Previously, he worked as a book editor and award-winning journalist. His long-running website, features poetry and short fiction from Dobson and other poets and writers. Dobson writes essays regarding poetry, writing, and the pain and joys of life for his blog, He is an accomplished amateur photographer. He earned a doctorate in History and American literature at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013. He teaches American History and Western Civilization at Johnson County Community College.


Non-Members: $90

Members: $60

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