Our next guest instructor for the summer is Erica Garza! We're excited to have another LA memoirist teaching with us. Erica's seminar Name Your Shame—How to Tell the Story You're Scared to Tell (and Why You Should) uses concepts central to narrative therapy and applies them to confessional personal narrative. If there's a story you've wanted to share but you need some direction on the best way to approach the process, Erica Garza is an excellent guide. The seminar is about half full already, so reserve your seat today!
Erica Garza is the author of the memoir, Getting Off: One Woman’s Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction, which has been featured at The New York Times, Elle, VICE, The Guardian, The LA Review of Books, Cosmopolitan, Megyn Kelly TODAY, and NPR. Her essays have appeared in TIME, Glamour, Health, BUST, Good Housekeeping, The Cut, The Los Angeles Review, and Salon. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and a certificate in Narrative Therapy from the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy. Born in Los Angeles to Mexican parents, she has spent the majority of her adult life traveling and living abroad.
Name Your Shame—How to Tell the Story You’re Scared to Tell (and Why You Should) with Erica Garza in El Sereno
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
August 19, 2018
Each of us has faced painful or humiliating experiences in our lives and writing can be a therapeutic act for both the writer and the reader. Sandra Cisneros said, "I tell my younger writers not to write about the things that you remember, but the things that you wish you could forget." What if our greatest story lies in the memories and secrets we’ve kept buried for so long?
In this seminar, we will read and discuss excerpts from memoirs about painful experiences, as well as complete writing exercises in which we’ll approach sensitive topics in our own lives. Integrating techniques from narrative therapy in a safe and non-judgmental space, students will build confidence in writing about delicate subjects and potentially find resolutions not seen before.
This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in El Sereno where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 new; $120 returning