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*Teacher Inservice Credit & 10 Professional Development Hours approved by MHTC.


Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
Vassar Suite 430
40 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

“He had everyone riveted and inspired…We are all the richer for having spent time in his good company.”
—Ruth Danon Ph.D, Creative Writing Professor NYU (New York University)

Elements of a Memoir Master Class
— Practical Analysis on Essential Structure
— Voice
— Prose Style
— Narrative Sequences
— Dialogue
— Theme, Story, and Scene Building
— Facts vs. Truth
— Memory vs. History

Morning: In-Class Writing Exercises
To help create scenes & storyline from memory, develop themes, and apply the principles learned on Saturday.

Afternoon: Workshop Critique on Submitted Writing Samples*
*Optional. Those who wish to have their writing critiqued can submit a 10 page double-spaced writing sample, 1-1/4 inch page margins, and Times New Roman font size 12. As many submitted samples will be workshopped in class, with the remainder critiqued with handwritten notes and returned by mail.

“Random House chief Ann Godoff paid $400,000 for the book.”
On Da’s memoir “Colors of the Mountain”

“I now have a blueprint to follow and no longer work in the dark.”
— Elizabeth Kirschner, Award winning poet/Master writing teacher Boston College

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DA CHEN is the New York Times bestselling author of two acclaimed memoirs and has been featured in Newsweek, USA Today, CNN International, Fox News Channel, Fox5 TV, the Joan River’s Show, and Diane Rehm Show. Da teaches the master class in memoir and fiction at Fairfield University’s low residency Creative Writing MFA program. He has taught at NYU’s Summer Intensive Creative Writing Workshop, and served as a distinguished literary jurist for Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.

Da’s young adult novel, Wandering Warrior, was optioned by Warner Brothers. His literary fiction debut, Brothers, was a Quill Awards finalist and a Best Book of the Year by Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews.

“The most impressive thing I’ve learned about Da is that these reviews and accolades ring true.”
—Ashley C. Andersen Zantop CEO, President & Publisher

“Elevates our writing to a higher level of significance.”
—Ioanna P. Opidee, High School English & Drama Teacher

“Breathes inspiration into his students, and then provides them that essential (and oft-neglected) means of channeling it in the form of astute writing exercises.”
—Brian Hoover, High School English & Drama Teacher

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