Patricia McNair: Ordinary Moments, Extraordinary Content

  • January 21, 2021
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Remote


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Remote Session (OCWW may add a live session with separate registration)

This workshop will encourage writers from all genres to discover compelling material through memory, observation, and imagination. Guided writing activities expose you to your own unique and (extra)ordinary content; explorations in ways of telling, structure, and form will help you identify and make work that resonates. Whether you are creating imagined new worlds or writing autobiographical pieces, fiction or nonfiction, prose or poetry, these explorations in emotional veracity, specificity, and universality will feed your muse.

Bio: Patricia Ann McNair has managed a gas station, served as a medical volunteer in Honduras, sold pots and pans door to door, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and now teaches in the English and Creative Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award, and a nomination for Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professor of the Year. McNair’s The Temple of Air received Southern Illinois University Devil’s Kitchen Readers Award and the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award. And These Are The Good Times was a Montaigne Medal finalist. Responsible Adults, a Cornerstone Press Legacy Series selection, is scheduled for release in December 2020.

We offer free student memberships at a discounted rate of $5.00 per session. You must send verification of your student status. Please contact Claudia Katz at for details.

9:00-9:30 Socializing 

9:30-12:00  Program

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