A Chat with Upcoming Workshop Leader August Tarrier
Today I had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with August Tarrier. An educator and award winning writer, she is also leading a workshop this coming weekend on memoir writing. We got a little into what she’s been up to, as well her plans for the workshop this weekend.
Ms. Tarrier currently teaches creative writing and literature courses at Villanova University and community workshops such as ours; she also teaches college level writing courses in New Jersey high schools through a program with Rutgers University. These courses reach out to students in under served populations and provide a unique opportunity to stretch their capabilities.
You may have seen Ms. Tarrier most recently at The Diagram where her short story “Field Notes” was published. Selected by Brian Evenso, he writes of the piece “The story accrues only gradually, the situation subtly transforming as it develops. For me, it shimmers in that space between sense and ambiguity that keeps a story humming in your skull long after you’ve finished reading the words.”
You may also have seen Ms. Tarrier as the winner of the Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest for her piece “I Hold You Harmless.” While quite different in both style and content from “Field Notes,” it has a similar haunting quality about it that both amuses the reader, and keeps her on edge.
After covering some of her recent publications we got down to talking shop – workshop that is – and what you, the attendee, can expect out of her’s this weekend. Ms. Tarrier thought back to a workshop that she took at the Omega Institute in NY with Linda Barry, well known and off-beat author and cartoonist. She will, with that author’s permission, be utilizing some of the same exercises that Ms. Barry offered, and that started Ms. Tarrier’s memoir pouring out of her. Students will have the opportunity to write and share during the workshop, as well as share excerpts from pieces already written. Writers will explore how to approach writing about oneself in memoir, as well as cover the sticky subject of what to write down where family secrets, past lovers and more are involved – a clear concern for many a memoirist.
Please don’t hesitate to sign up – or get in touch with us here at First Person Arts if you have any questions – seats are going fast so reserve yours now!
– J. Rudy Flesher