4-Week: Reading as a Writer—Sarah Broom's The Yellow House

$205.00 Members
$230.00 Non-members

In this course we’ll do a close reading of The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom, an acclaimed nonfiction book that is part memoir and part loving resurrection of the author's hometown neighborhood of New Orleans East, which was particularly hard hit by Hurricane Katrina. Broom weaves together archival material, family lore, and skillfully rendered first person observations to share with the reader her family's experiences in a once-vibrant part of New Orleans and what was lost when the area was nearly wiped out by Katrina. The class will focus on Broom's use of voice, how she creates a vivid sense of place, what she shares to bring family members to life on the page, and the forms of archival material she draws upon to add depth and meaning to their shared story. We’ll look at how Broom goes beyond her personal story to tell the story of an entire family clan, a whole neighborhood, and the systemic challenges faced by all who lived there. Participants will have the chance to try writing exercises in which they can attempt to use some of Broom's techniques to sharpen their storytelling and to enlarge the scope of the stories they want to share.

Required texts*:

The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom

*You can purchase this online through BookBar at Bookshop.org.

Instructor: Helen Thorpe Learn More


Sep 15, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pmSep 22, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pmSep 29, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pmOct 06, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm