Courting Memory: Embodied Experience as a Key to Writing Memoir

Join us for a new mini-retreat this May 4 -5, 2019! We’re excited to welcome Professor Sarah Einstein to RWC as she leads this special 24-hour retreat centered on the genre of Memoir. All writers are welcome!

In the workshops of Courting Memory: Embodied Experience as a Key to Writing Memoir, you’ll encounter a number of sensory experiences meant to help you recall, with greater clarity and awareness, memories triggered by smell, sound, movement, and taste. We will talk about the way embodied experience helps us access unexpected moments from the past, and help us create richer, more fully realized narratives of our lives.

Participants can expect to generate three short pieces of memoir in prompts designed to allow for–but not force–exploring interconnected memories toward generating one longer piece.

Sarah Einstein is the author of The TriPart Heart (Sundress Press, forthcoming) Mot: A Memoir (University of Georgia Press 2015), Remnants of Passion (Shebooks 2014). Her essays and short stories have appeared in The Sun, Ninth Letter, PANK and other journals. Her work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Best of the Net, and the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She is also the founding editor of the literary journal Signal Mountain Review and co-editor of the anthology Older Queer Voices.

Please see below for the tentative schedule:

Saturday, May 4:

11 AM – 12 PM: Arrival, Get Settled

12:00 PM: Lunch; Introduction

1:30 PM: Workshop

3:30 PM: Free Writing Time

6 – 7 PM: Dinner

7:15 PM: Workshop

8:15 PM: Opportunity to Share Your Writing

Sunday, May 5:

8:00 AM: Breakfast

9:15 AM: Workshop

11 AM – 12 PM: Check Out


Cost: $170 + applicable taxes/person includes private bed/bathroom, meals, workshops and plenty of free work time

Payment: Paypal or Personal Check

No Application Required!

Registration: Please fill out this form on Submittable and answer all questions. Only complete the registration if you are sure you are able to attend. We will accept and notify everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. If the event is full, we will notify you and add your name to the Waiting List.