In Person & Virtual Writing Workshop – Writing the Italian in Your Memories


Writing the Italian in Your Memories: Fall/Winter 2023-2024 Edition with author Maria Giura

Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 to 9 pm In Person and Virtual
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 am to noon Virtual
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, 10 am to noon Virtual (Revision)

No experience necessary: just a notebook, pen and desire to record the past!

As Italians and Italian-Americans (IA), when we look back on our past – recent or distant – our stories are often intertwined with our culture: its richness, expectations, challenges and humor. During these workshops led by author and instructor Maria Giura, we’ll explore how culture forms the background or foreground of our memories.

During the first two workshops on Nov. 16 and Dec. 2, participants will read short, vibrant excerpts written by IA authors and write their own original piece. The Nov. 16 workshop will be in person at Casa Belvedere.

During the Jan. 6 revision workshop, participants will get feedback on something they’ve already written. For this last workshop, once you have registered, you will be asked to email in advance a writing piece that is maximum 700 words.

Join us for one, two or all three workshops, which will leave you with concrete suggestions to get you closer to the truth of your story.

Links for these workshops will be sent before each session unless you choose the In-Person option for Nov. 16. The fee for each workshop is $27, or $30 for non-members. There is a member discount for family members.

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About the Instructor:

Maria Giura is the author of Celibate: A Memoir (Apprentice House) and What My Father Taught Me(Bordighera Press). Her writing has appeared in New York Quarterly, Prime Number, Presence, (Voices in) Italian Americana, Lips, and Paterson Literary Review. She has won awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Independent Press, and the Center for Women Writers, and she was a judge for the Lauria/Frasca Poetry Award. She has taught at multiple universities including Binghamton University, where she earned her PhD in English. Follow her on Instagram @mariagiurawrites. or on Fb

What Participants Have to Say:  

  • “The [short] readings were spot-on, serving as entry ways into lively discussions but also inspiring our own original writing. Brava!”
  • “I just loved the opportunity to read, write, and, if I wanted to, share. These workshops brought back memories that were tucked into the recess of my mind and deepened my interest in reflecting and writing about my culture.”
  • “I’ll take these workshops again and again. So lovely to meet so many nice, new people.  Excellent, skilled, and inspiring instructor.”


Additional information


MEMBER • In Person Nov. 16, NON-MEMBER • In Person Nov. 16, MEMBER • Virtual Nov. 16, NON-MEMBER • Virtual Nov. 16, MEMBER • Virtual Dec. 2, NON-MEMBER • Virtual Dec. 2, MEMBER • Virtual Jan. 6, NON-MEMBER • Virtual Jan. 6


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