by Aimee Liu
THE ART OF THE MEMOIR
Here's the art of memoir in a nutshell:
Through the story of the experience, we get to know the past you; through the voice and insights you bring to the writing of that experience, we get to know and care about the present you -- and we learn what you've learned between past and present, which is really what your memoir is about.
REVISING FOR RELATIONSHIP
The following was delivered as a graduation speech on September 22, 2013 for the Fall 2013 semester commencement ceremony of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program in Port Townsend, Washington:
Commencement July 14, 2013
Welcome graduates and families and friends, welcome students, welcome everybody to the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing graduation ceremony here at Port Townsend. And congratulations, graduates, for successfully completing a rigorous and life-changing two years of study and writing. You have been honing your creative writing skills in the protected environment that is our program and you’re now preparing for the next step— taking those skills out and testing them in the world.
Students and Alumni:
Carolyn Bardos (MFAW ’10) is producing a short play of Gary Garrison’s as part of an evening of short plays. The dates are: Sat., Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Sun. Oct. 27, 3 p.m., Sat., Nov. 2, 7 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 3, 3 p.m. The place is: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St., Troy, NY. $10, $8 for seniors and students. Cash at the door.
I have returned to Goddard for fall residency and am immediately inspired. Students have shared their work at our Psychology and Counseling Expressive Arts Opening and the principles of Expressive Arts Therapy are embodied by the works created as well as by the creators.
John Borstel, "Painting My Face: A Daily Practice"
Several readers of this blog were excited by the idea of installing the good and said they were going to try it. Their responses then excited me and their remarks pushed me to think further about outcomes and purposes.