Spring Craft Intensive: Grace Loh Prasad


Editor's Note

Experimentation in Memoir: Exercises to Get Unstuck with Grace Loh Prasad
Saturday, May 25
10 AM  – 1 PM PST / 1 PM – 4 PM EST

Writing a memoir requires a level of self-examination and truth-telling that can be deeply uncomfortable, particularly for writers with marginalized backgrounds or those writing about trauma. When we write about experiences that are painful or overwhelming, it can be hard to tackle the subject head-on or know where to start. This class is designed to help those who are feeling stuck in the process of developing a book-length memoir by offering prompts that force us to see our stories in a new way. We will look at examples of innovative and hybrid memoirs/essays and do generative exercises that explore structure/constraints, changing POV, and speculative elements. These experiments will open up new avenues for expression that can be used as entry points in developing the memoir manuscript.

This intensive is best suited for intermediate writers.

We have one scholarship available for this intensive. Scholarships are conducted through a lottery. If you are interested in submitting your name, please fill out this form.

BIO:Grace Loh Prasad is the author of The Translator’s Daughter (Mad Creek Books/The Ohio State University Press, 2024), a debut memoir about living between languages, navigating loss, and the search for belonging. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Longreads, The Offing, Hyperallergic, Catapult, KHÔRA, and elsewhere. A member of the Writers Grotto and the AAPI writers collective Seventeen Syllables, Prasad lives in the Bay Area.