Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream: A Reading Group of Joan Didion’s Essays on the American West

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Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream: A Reading Group of Joan Didion’s Essays on the American West

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Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream: A Reading Group of Joan Didion’s Essays on the American West

Discussion Leader: Liz Prato   

When: Tuesdays in February, 2019

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Corporeal Writing Center

Fee: $115 per participant*

*Limited reduced-fee scholarships available on a first-come, first-served basis - please contact Daniel at registration@corporealwriting.com

Joan Didion essayed obsessively about the American west—from the California Governor’s mansion, to the hippies on Haight-Ashbury, to the graves within Honolulu’s Punchbowl Cemetery. In this 4-week seminar we’ll read and discuss several of Didion’s essays, while exploring what her rendering of the West mirrored in the United States, politically and socially. What makes Didion’s voice so compelling? Why do we relate to her, love her, hate her, revere her?

This seminar will meet for four consecutive weeks, with essays assigned and read in advance of each session. Liz Prato will set the curriculum and facilitate and participate in conversations, but will not be lecturing. The purpose of the group is to exchange and explore ideas in a friendly, non-academic atmosphere that increases our understanding of Didion’s work and its context. Every participant’s voice is valued. All readers welcome, with no prior familiarity of Didion’s work required.

*Participants will need to supply their own copies of the text(s), which are readily available at used bookstores and the library.

Liz Prato is the author of Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege: Essays on Hawai‘i (Overcup Press, Spring 2019), and Baby’s on Fire: Stories (Press 53). Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Hayden’s Ferry Review, Baltimore Review, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, Hunger Mountain, and Subtropics. She is Editor at Large for Forest Avenue Press, and teaches across the country. www.lizprato.com

The Corporeal Center houses all of Corporeal Writing's Face2Face workshops, readings, and open community hours Tues through Friday, 12 - 4. We are located in a beautiful historic building in downtown Portland. We are on bus lines, close to the Max line that goes to the airport as well as the Amtrak station. We are within walking distance to many hotels, some of our favorites being The Society Hotel ($), Embassy Suites ($$), Hotel Monaco ($$) and The Nines ($$$). With a bar, delicious burger joint, fresh salad bar in our building, a food truck lot out the front door, and Pine Street Market only a 3 block walk, food options abound.