"Mining the World for Meaning: How to Move Beyond the Personal in Memoir" with Donna M. Johnson

Runtime: 2:59:22           Original Class Date: 4/3/2021          Pre-Class Readings: HERE HERE HERE

In this class, we dig deep into our personal narratives while looking outside of ourselves for ideas, events and motifs that link our experiences with larger threads of meaning. We also explore how associative thinking, research, reflection and personal culpability expand and deepen nonfiction stories. Instruction includes brief lectures, reading and responding to short pieces of creative writing as well as the use of writing prompts.

“Mining the World for Meaning: How to Move Beyond the Personal in Memoir” with Donna M. Johnson RECORDING


Donna M. JohnsonDonna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a memoir critically acclaimed by the New York TimesO MagazineTexas MonthlyBeliefnet, NPR’s Interfaith VoicesPeople and many other publications and blogs. The book was named to the Oprah.com Memoirs We Love list and was chosen by Publishers Weekly as a Top 10 pick. Holy Ghost Girl took top honors in the Spirituality category at the New York Books for a Better Life Awards and won the Mayborn creative Nonfiction prize. Donna was recently awarded a three-year fellowship at the Lucas Artist Residency in Saratoga, CA. She is currently at work on a project that combines investigative journalism with personal narrative.