Writing Home with Margot Kahn

Home can be a place whose memory remains trapped in our bones, a notion that may be passed down in our very DNA. Home can be where we learn to first understand our place in the world, and a place we return to, again and again, for answers about how to be. This workshop will look at several essays in the collection This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home from a writer’s perspective: what choices the essayists made in form, voice, and content, from the sprawling multi-generational family story to the concise vignette. A series of prompts will inspire a pageful of ideas, and we’ll begin to develop at least one story we want to tell. All genders welcome.

Biographer and essayist Margot Kahn is the co-editor of This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and the author of Horses That Buck, winner of the High Plains Book Award. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Rumpus, River Teeth, Tablet, the Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. Margot holds an MFA from Columbia University and has taught for Seattle Arts & Lectures and Richard Hugo House in Seattle.

About Lopez Writes: Refine your writing, connect with other writers, and find great spaces to write. Lopez Writes is a project to support local authors and includes workshops on the craft of writing, drop-in writing groups, opportunities to read your work, and more. All Lopez Writes programs are free and open to everyone. No registration is required. Space may be limited and is first come, first seated, so plan to arrive early to the library community room. Lopez Writes is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library.