Telling your family’s story; getting it in writing before it’s lost; making a written legacy for your loved ones; developing a page-turner your grandchildren will fight over; how to bring your relatives to tears. Remember, “All family stories are true; some of them even happened.”
Learn about the process of writing memoir and have the chance to begin working on your own family story in this workshop with loca writer Louise Farmer Smith, author of One Hundred Years of Marriage, Cadillac, Oaklahoma and The Woman Without a Voice. Then, join us in February for a chance to read what you've written and share your memories.
Louise Farmer Smith, descendent of dugout-dwellers and chip-gatherers, draws from wells deep in Oklahoma's past as well as from high rises in New York and back rooms on Capitol Hill. She writes short stories and novels about the practical problems of life: an alcoholic professor, a single mother trying to date or a dying WWI soldier who falls in love on the way home.
Smith was a PEN/New England Discovery and read “Expiration Date” at Radcliffe College after being introduced by Jack Beatty, Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly. From there it was several years before Virginia Quarterly Review accepted “Sugar House,” commenting, “Remarkable piece, very well made, multilayered, unpretentiously and effectively symbolic, as well as affecting without a trace of sentimentality. A rich, poignant parable of control.”
She has won prizes from Potomac Review, Antietam Review and Glimmer Train. Bellevue Literary Review nominated, “Return to Lincoln,” a story in One Hundred Years of Marriage, for a 2005 Pushcart Prize. Her work has been supported by The Ragdale Foundation and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Crosstimbers nominated "Voice of Experience" the opening story in CADILLAC, OKLAHOMA, for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. She was a 2005 Bread Loaf fellow.