Say What You Mean: A Generative workshop with Emilly Prado (via Zoom)

Voice in literature can make a story sing, make you sob, and sometimes can make you want to scream. Memoir and personal essay forms also rely on the narrative voice to guide us through a creative work, but it’s up to the writer to craft a voice that is distinct and an entity separate from the writer as a person. This generative workshop will guide participants through a series of exercises, discussions, and analyses of excerpts from writers like Carmen Maria Machado, Mary Karr, and Samantha Irby to explore narrative voice in nonfiction. We’ll consider shifts in perspective, tone, memories, and apply the concept of time travel to support the development of your narrative voice, whether you want your next piece to sound like one long joke told to your best friend, a moody epic, or something in between.

Emilly Giselle Prado is a writer, DJ, and community organizer living in Portland, Oregon with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Michoacán, Mexico. She is the author of Funeral for Flaca (Future Tense Books, 2021), an essay collection called, “Utterly vulnerable, bold, and unique,” by Ms. Magazine and a winner of the 2022 Pacific Northwest Book Award, amongst other awards. She is also the author of Examining Assimilation (Enslow, 2019), a youth non-fiction book at the intersections of identity and U.S. history.

As an award-winning multimedia journalist, Emilly spent half a decade independently reporting on a wide range of topics, most often centered on amplifying the voices and experiences of people from historically marginalized communities. Her writing and photographs have appeared in more than 30 publications including NPR, Marie Claire, Bitch Media, Eater, Oxygen, The Oregonian, and Remezcla. Emilly is a Tin House and Las Dos Brujas Workshop alumna, Blackburn Fellow and MFA Candidate at Randolph College, and a co-founder of Portland in Color. She moonlights as DJ Mami Miami with Noche Libre, the Latinx DJ collective she co-founded in 2017. Learn more at emillyprado.com or on social media @emillygprado.

Event Location and Ticket Information

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022
Times: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Presenter: Hudson Valley Writers Center
Presenter Phone: 9143325953