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Liberals and the write wing

Published on March 13, 2018 9:45AM

A workshop on how writers can tackle family politics will be on offer this Sunday, March 18, when the Willamette Writers coast branch welcomes Jenny Forrester to Newport.

Forrester, author of “Wide River, Narrow Sky,” will look at how writers can deal with memoir when their families sit on the opposite sides of the political fence.

“It’s a fairly universal experience to disagree with family members sometimes,” she said. “But what if those disagreements are more like epic gulfs of bafflement and horror? What if your family members are conservatives? What if they’re Republicans? What then? How do we show our more liberal/progressive/radical leanings without making ourselves out to be the Good Guys and the conservatives the Bad Guys?”

In addition to her memoir, Forrester’s work has been published in Pom Pom Lit, Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Hip Mama, The Literary Kitchen, Indiana Review, Columbia Journal, Portland Review and the “Listen to Your Mother” anthology. She curates the Unchaste Readers Series in Portland.

Sunday’s free workshop will run from 2 to 4 pm at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street. Participants should come prepared to write.

For more information, go to http://willamettewriters.com/coast.

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