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NYWW @ NYPL Countee Cullen: A Workshop in Memoir


  • NYPL Countee Cullen 104 West 136th Street New York, NY, 10030 United States (map)

RIGHT HERE (WRITE HERE): A WORKSHOP IN MEMOIR.

The question that confronts—and confounds—the beginning memoirist is: where do I enter this vast morass, my life? This workshop in memoir will provide a number of answers to that question, all of which boil down to one: right here. We’ll look at samples of memoir, both recent and classic, for ideas about entry points, structure, movement, and voice, and we’ll use those samples as springboards for our own work. Over the course of the four sessions, we’ll build self-portraits in prose, and we’ll explore how those portraits connect to and depend three pillars of personal experience: places, times, and other people.  Over the course of the four sessions, you’ll enter and re-enter what appeared to be a morass, but now becomes your story.

THIS IS A FOUR SESSION WORKSHOP. PLEASE SIGN UP IF YOU ARE WILLING TO COMMIT TO ALL SESSIONS

Register: NYPL Creative Aging Series—Memoir w/Dr Kaia Niambi Shivers, or call (212) 491-2070

DATES: Four Thursdays—May 2, May 9, May 16, & May 23, 2019

TIME: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

FOR: Adults 50+

PLACE: NYPL Countee Cullen 104 W 136th St, New York, NY 10030

Kaia Niambi Shivers lives by her lifelong mantra — academia, artistry and activism as a professor in Liberal Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on black representations in media and the African diaspora. Currently, she looks at how Nollywood audiences imagine, construct and perform identity in the urban United States. Before the academy, Shivers worked as a journalist, covering the beat then entertainment and travel. Soon after she freelanced as a writer and blogger on current affairs. Now as a professor, she embarks on making films that fuse her research and journalism background. As well, Shivers is a writer and poet, producing short stories and poems for over two decades, some of them found in anthologies and her book, Bits & Pieces of My Truth. Since 2016, she has been filming a docuseries called, “Orisa in the Ghetto,” a 15-part documentary delving into the experiences of Black folk in the United States, it is a fusion of Afrofuturism, African storytelling, and African diaspora culture. The first part in the series titled, “The Black Divine,” investigates the concept of god and how diasporans (and specifically descendants of enslaved Africans) envisioned themselves as divine. Her second installation explores experiences and ideas around social justice. Last year, Shivers launched Ark Republic, a news media site that uses robust storytelling to explore and cover issues and topics of the day. The site works with about 40 contributors all over the world to produce and create narratives through multi-media.