Writing the Soundtrack of Our Lives: Music in Personal Essay & Memoir, a Free, One-Day, Generative Class with Vanessa Mártir

*NOTE DATE CHANGE: Due to the inauguration and what will surely be a wild day in US history, this week’s FREE class will be on Thursday, January 21st.

Vanessa Mártir & Writing Our Lives are excited to gift you a free/donation-based, generative, two hour writing class every week in January 2021. On January 21st, we bring you “Writing the Soundtrack Of Our Lives: Music in Personal Essay and Memoir.”

We all seem to be moved by music, though our preference in genre varies. 

We use our favorite songs to get pumped up for competition; stay motivated through a workout; drown our sorrows after a heartbreak; accompany our wailing when we’ve had enough. 

There are songs that conjure slideshows of memories, making us remember people, places and moments that remain vivid years later. 

How do we chronicle the way music moves and shapes us? That’s what we’ll be covering in this week’s free generative class.

I’ve read thousands of essays & memoirs, and have noticed there isn’t much on the music from my childhood—freestyle, old school salsa (Frankie Ruiz, Eddie Santiago) and the Spanish ballads my mother listened to when she was cleaning in her sofrito-stained nightgown (Rocio Jurado, Camilo Cesto, Juan Gabriel). I know I’m not the only one who wants these stories in the world, who needs them, and that’s exactly why I know this class is necessary. 

To join us on January 21st, 7-9pm EST, send an email to writingourlivesworkshop@gmail.com with “Writing the Soundtrack of Our Lives” in the subject line. I’ll see you then.

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