August - Paul Zakrzewski

It’s Alive! How to Reanimate Your Voice and Write Your Best Memoir!
Paul Zakrzewski will conduct an interactive writing meeting. He is a “big believer in helping others to transform their self – understanding through the power and the craft of MEMOIR and ESSAY.”
In The Situation and The Story, Vivian Gornick quotes a teacher who once said that great memoir has two characteristics: “It’s alive on the page and the reader is persuaded that  the writer is on a voyage of discovery.” In this workshop you’ll learn to create the sort of powerful voice (or narrator) that helps to drive the enthusiastic reader further into your work. Along with close  readings of brief memoir excerpts, we’ll engage in some fruitful craft discussions, along with in – class writing exercises. The goal of our time together is to have you leave with a better  sense of what you want to say in your memoir — and a more compelling way to say it.
About the Instructor
Since 2005, Paul Zakrzewski has taught writers at all levels to overcome self – limiting beliefs and publish their authentic life stories through the application of craft and insight. He is the editor of the prize – winning anthology Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge (HarperPerennial), and his essays, features and reviews have appeared in in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, and Currently a resident of Santa Barbara, Paul received his BA in English from Cornell University, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. More at
We meet on the second Tuesday of every month
except December at 7:00 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Community Center
Senior Center Room
 1605 Burnley Street
Camarillo, CA