4-Week: Reading as a Writer—Traditional Craft in Contemporary Native Literature

$205.00 Members
$230.00 Non-members

In this seminar, we’ll read and examine two recent award-winning texts by Native American writers, Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot and Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson to examine how the authors use structure, character, habit, point of view, metaphor, and other craft elements to create these masterful, best-selling narratives. Then, we’ll try our hand at some of their strategies to deepen and strengthen our own writing.

Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia. Terese Mailhot's debut memoir chronicles her struggle to balance the beauty of her Native heritage with the often desperate and chaotic reality of life on and off the reservation.

Where the Dead Sit Talking is a stunning and lyrical Native American coming-of-age story set in rural Oklahoma during the late 1980s.

Required Texts:
Heart Berries, by Terese Mailhot
Where the Dead Sit Talking, by Brandon Hobson

Please note that our four-week workshops do not include formal critiques, though there may be opportunities for informal sharing. If you’d like your work critiqued in depth, please see the 8-week workshop listings.

Instructor: Chip Livingston Learn More


Jan 13, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmJan 20, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmJan 27, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmFeb 03, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm