Mining Your Treasures: Memoir Poetry

23 Mar 2018
9:00 am - 12:15 pm
USF Sarasota-Manatee

Mining Your Treasures: Memoir Poetry

Many people think about writing a memoir at some point in time, but where do you begin? Poetry can be especially useful as a way to capture scenes that speak to your life experiences.  Ann and Kathy, two poets who have written memoirs in verse, will lead participants through a series of writing exercises and discussions that explore the many reasons for writing a memoir, the crafting of scenes and the place of poetry in exploring the past.

OUTCOMES: Participants in this workshop will:

  • Learn the elements of memoir.
  • Explore the crating of scenes to evoke a time and place.
  • Write one or two selections (poetry or prose) that represent important elements or events in their lives.


  • Memoir and poetry can be used to express complex ideas in a distilled form.
  • Reflecting on experiences from past can help people gain new understanding of past events.
  • Poetry and memoir can be used to bridge experiences between family members, friends, and co-workers, as appropriate.


  • Arts Experience
  • Personal Growth