Fall Craft Intensive: Emilly Prado


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The Whole Truth, the Half Truth, and Something Like the Truth with Emilly Prado
Saturday, December 3
9 AM – 12 PM PST / 12  – 3 PM EST

Examining memory may be what initially draws some of us towards writing memoir and personal essay forms, but the truth is our memories are malleable and the line between fiction and fact can feel blurry, especially when invoking the imagination. How do we write into the spaces we can’t remember or the moments where contractions abound? The times we want to paint as black or white, but where gray seems to be the only color available on our palettes? In this generative workshop we’ll look at truth as a spectrum, reading examples from writers with varying parameters of creative nonfiction such as Maxine Hong Kingston, T. Kira Madden, Kiese Laymon, and Lisa Knopp, and try different storytelling techniques and exercises so that we can walk away with more tools for approaching our writing and to guide us in marking lines of truth in places where they aren’t universally drawn.

BIO: Emilly Prado is an award-winning writer and community organizer based in Portland, Oregon. Her debut essay collection, Funeral for Flaca, has been called, “Utterly vulnerable, bold, and unique,” by Ms. Magazine and is a winner of the 2022 Pacific Northwest Book Award, amongst other prizes. Emilly is a Tin House and Las Dos Brujas Workshop alumna, Blackburn Fellow and MFA Candidate at Randolph College, and a co-founder of arts non-profit, Portland in Color. She moonlights as DJ Mami Miami with Noche Libre, the Latinx DJ collective she co-founded in 2017. Learn more at emillyprado.com or on social media @emillygprado.