The Craft of Writing Your Story

Instructor: Abdi Nor Iftin

Supplies/Materials Fee: $5

Enrollment limit: 8

Level: All levels

When people read what we write, they usually depend upon our words and ways of writing our story to interpret the world for them. As writers, we do this through an engaging and simple language. For the reader, that becomes words to digest and a compelling story to follow. The workshop will focus on writing personal stories. Participants will read and discuss excerpts from published novels, memoirs and short stories, and write stories to share and discuss together.

Abdi Nor Iftin is a radio journalist, public speaker and the author of Call Me American, a memoir published by Penguin Random House of his heroic survival in war-ravaged Mogadishu, and his incredible journey to a new life in America.  As a child in war-torn Mogadishu, Abdi learned English by watching action movies. When U.S. Marines landed to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these real-life American action heroes. Sporting hip-hop clothes and dance moves, he became known as “Abdi American.” But when radical Islamists took control in 2006, it became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Instead, Abdi risked his life posting secret dispatches to NPR. As life in Somalia grew more dangerous, he fled to Kenya. In an amazing stroke of luck, he won entrance to the U.S. in the annual visa lottery. Abdi lives in Portland, ME.

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