Using Objects and Memories to Jumpstart Writing

July 11, 2018
For more information, contact:
Arwen Ungar
Assistant Director
Hood River County Library District
Phone: 541-387-7060
Using Objects and Memories to Jumpstart Writing

The Hood River Library will host a writing workshop that integrates objects and memories to inform the writing process this Saturday, July 14 at 10:30 a.m. This program is facilitated by author Marian Szczepanski.

Objects and memories are powerful catalysts for literary explorations. In this interactive workshop participants will learn how to use memories and personal mementos, family keepsakes and seemingly random vintage objects to jump start their imagination and spur their writing. The group will consider examples in fiction (an excerpt from the novel Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill), poetry (“Mauches” by Angele Ellis and “Explosion at Winco No. 9” by Diane Gilliam Fisher), and creative nonfiction (an excerpt from the memoir Virgin Time by Patricia Hampl). As a prompt for individual writing, each participant is encouraged to bring their own object, image or photograph that interests or intrigues them. An assortment of common and vintage objects also will be available for participants who prefer to consider something unfamiliar. Handouts and a bibliography of cited sources will be provided.

This workshop is intended for writers at all levels in all genres, including novel, short story, personal essay, memoir and poetry. Pre-registration is not necessary.

For more information about the facilitator visit:

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535,, or visit their website at