The Art of Remembering

Writing Effectively About Your Past

The Art of Remembering


Don't let a failure of memory be the end of a writing project. Instead, turn it into the beginning of a creative breakthrough.

If you're working on a memoir, then you know that your memory is the best source of material, your impetus for writing. But memory is also sometimes a trickster, telling inaccurate stories and at times failing completely.

Pushing beyond the gaps in your memory and investigating its contradictions and falsehoods can take your writing in electrifying new directions.

In this daylong workshop, you will:

  • EXAMINE the limits of memory and discuss your own work-in-progress;
  • LEARN + APPLY pertinent concepts from cognitive science to improve your memory and generate new material;
  • PRACTICE supplementing memory with research, photographs, and imagination to recreate events in detail; 
  • EXPERIMENT with the ways conflicting or incomplete memories can enrich our stories;
  • RECEIVE FEEDBACK from the workshop group and up to one page of written feedback from the instructor.*

Workshop participants should bring a sample of a work-in-progress or a finished piece (up to 1,500 words) to share in small groups, as well as a few photographs (digital or print) that relate to the material they’re writing about.

* Written feedback from the instructor is available for an additional charge. Participants who choose to add a manuscript review should expect margin notes plus 400-500 words of written commentary from the instructor no later than 1 month after the workshop concludes. Or, so that you can revise your work-in-progress after the workshop, add the manuscript review now and submit your piece for review no later than November 18, 2017, and you'll receive personalized feedback from Kelly within one month. 

Saturday, October 21st
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Advance registration strongly recommended for this special Visting Writer Event.
Space is limited for this exclusive day-long workshop.

Location // Creative Nonfiction
5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Free on-street parking is available. Doors open at 9 am, event begins at 10 am. Breakfast and coffee will be provided. The lower level of our workshop and gallery space is wheelchair accessible. The workshop schedule includes a mid-day break for lunch at area restaurants, but boxed lunches can be provided for a nominal fee (advanced notice required) and a kitchenette, with refrigerator and microwave, is available onsite for packed lunches.

Kelly Grey Carlisle's essays have appeared in Salon, Ploughshares, New England Review, The Sun, Cherry Tree, The Rumpus, and The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. Her essays have been listed as notable essays three times in Best American Essays. She teaches at Trinity University in San Antonio and edits 1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction. Her memoir, We Are All Shipwrecks, will be published this September.

Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email our events manager, Lauren Boehm, at [email protected].