Saturday Nov 17, 2012
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How to create a legacy through memoir and place-based writing.
A UNM professor once explained that Bless Me Ultima has a greater bearing on students’ lives than an entire shelf of standard “classics” generally required by introductory literature courses. This panel will discuss memoir and regional writing, the style that makes Bless Me Ultima so powerful and poignant for many New Mexicans, as a way to maintain and define identity. The workshop will discuss best practices for turning personal and regional experiences into the kind of writing that can make an impression on readers inside and outside the community.The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. Albuquerque/Bernalillo County is one of 78 communities nationwide participating in The Big Read from September 2012-June 2013. From October 19 to November 17, 2012, our community will celebrate Bless Me Ultima with a full calendar of events including writing and book workshops, storytelling, arts and crafts, academic lectures, and Curanderismo. For a full calendar of events for The Big Read, visit library.cabq.gov.