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Our First Gods: Writing Our Parents with Joe Wilkins (Sold Out)


1 session

Sunday, 3:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT February 12, 2023

Online via Zoom

This workshop has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Randy Winston at [email protected].

Too often unapproachable, unassailable, absent—our parents are our first gods. How have we known them? How might we know them now? How deep is our ache that we didn’t know them more fully? And are we ready, if we are to know them, for our parents to fall from their thrones and become not gods (or devils) but the human beings they are? In this generative workshop participants will think, discuss, and write about their own parents in the hopes that all will leave with the beginnings of a personal essay, as well as find their way toward more fully knowing their parents.

Course Outline:

This is a generative course. Students will write behind examples, share their work, and leave the session with the beginnings of a personal essay in progress.

Capacity: 20


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  • Joe Wilkins - Joe Wilkins

    Joe Wilkins

    Joe Wilkins

    Joe Wilkins is the author of a novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, praised as “remarkable and unforgettable” in a starred review at Booklist. A finalist for the First Novel Prize from The Center for Fiction and the Pacific Northwest Book Award, Fall Back Down When I Die won the 2020 High Plains Book Award. Wilkins is also the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award, and four collections of poetry, including Thieve and When We Were Birds, winner of the Oregon Book Award. Born and raised in eastern Montana, Wilkins lives with his family in McMinnville, Oregon, where he directs the creative writing program at Linfield University.