Women and the Frontier: Memoir Writing with Marianne Monson

Sat, September 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Fall/Winter 2019 Workshop Series

Women and the Frontier: Memoir Writing with Marianne Monson

In this writing workshop, we will discover some of the women who traversed Oregon’s frontiers with local author Marianne Monson. Through a variety of writing exercises, discussion, and on location prompts, we will explore the concepts of wilderness and frontiers in our own lives. The workshop will culminate in a class open mic for sharing original poems, stories, and songs.


Monson’s book Frontier Grit came out in 2016. It features twelve incredible pioneer women drawn from all corners of the globe who settled the American West who endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world. The book was nominated for the 2017 American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Award recognizing books that ”affirm positive roles for girls and women.” -Amelia Bloomer Project

“An invaluable contribution to American History shelves and utterly absorbing from cover to cover. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library collections.” -Midwest Book Review

”A compact, informative, briskly paced, emotionally rich, and eye-opening set of micro-biographies that will change truncated views of the West.” —Booklist

Marianne Monson is the author of ten books for children and adults, mostly centered on women’s history. She holds a BA in English Literature and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has two children and writes from a 100 year old house in the town of Astoria, Oregon. She has taught Creative Writing and English for a number of colleges, and currently teaches at Clatsop Community College.

COST:  $40 

BRING: a notebook and writing utensils. Please bring a sack lunch and/or snack. Hot tea and coffee provided.

This workshop is for all ages. 12 students max.

RSVP: via souwesterfrontdesk@gmail.com or 360-642-2542 between 9am-9pm

The Sou’wester Lodge at 3728 J Place, Seaview, WA 98644


This class is part of the Fall/Winter 2019 Workshop Series. All classes are open to the public and all skill levels welcome. Visit www.souwesterlodge.com/art/workshops to see the full schedule of artist-led workshops.


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