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Newport: Memoir Workshop on Tackling Family Political Difference

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Willamette Writers coast branch Sunday, March 18 for a conversation with Jenny Forrester, author of Wide River, Narrow Sky. Forrester will look at how we deal with memoir when our family sits on the opposite side of the political fence. The free workshop takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport Library.

Says Forrester, “It’s a fairly universal experience to disagree with family members sometimes. But what if those disagreements are more like epic gulfs of bafflement and horror? What if your family members are conservatives? What if they’re Republicans? What then? How do we show our more liberal/progressive/radical leanings without making ourselves out to be the Good Guys and the conservatives the Bad Guys?

Participants should come prepared to write.

In addition to her memoir, Forrester’s work has been published in Gobshite Quarterly, Pom Pom Lit, Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Hip Mama, The Literary Kitchen, Indiana Review, Columbia Journal, Portland Review, and the Listen to Your Mother anthology. She curates the Unchaste Readers Series in Portland.

Willamette Writers thanks the Anchor Pier Lodge, Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel, and the Inn at Nye Beach for donating lodging for their authors and the Newport Public Library for providing a monthly meeting space.


March 18
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Newport Public Library
35 NW Nye Street
Newport, OR 97365