Drawing on her experience as the child of Jamaican immigrants, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Patrice Gopo enjoys exploring issues of race, immigration, and belonging. Her essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Full Grown People, and online in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her radio commentaries have appeared on Charlotte, North Carolina’s NPR Station WFAE 90.7. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she is the recipient of a 2016 Regional Artist Project Grant and a 2017-2018 NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship. Patrice lives with her family in North Carolina, and her essay collection, All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way, is now available. The book is a Fall 2018 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.
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The 2018 North Carolina Writers’ Network Conference
November 2-4, 2018
The annual conference is coming to my city, and I’m thrilled I’ll be taking part. I’ll be teaching a workshop entitled, “The Basics of Writing Compelling Personal Essays” and speaking on a panel about place and if it still matters.
Reading and Public Conversation about Race and Friendship
Sunday, November 11th, 2018, 3pm
South Elm-Eugene Street
Greensboro, NC, 27406
I’ll be reading short excerpts from All the Colors We Will See. Afterwards, a dear friend will join me for a timely discussion about race and friendship and other topics raised in the book.
Beyond Our Beginnings: A Conversation on Place, Writing, and Community
Saturday, November 17th, 10am
Main Library, Francis Auditorium
310 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
I will joining my fellow NC Arts Council Literature Fellows Bryn Chancellor and Eric Smith for a reading and conversation about place, community and writing.
Where Your Voice Meets the World’s: The Personal Essay as a Vehicle for Social Change
Charlotte Writers Club
November 20th, 2018, 7-8:30pm
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
I’m looking forward to sharing ways in which we can stretch personal essays beyond our stories and consider them also as a vehicle for social change in our world.
Crafting the Personal Essay: the Art of Sharing Our Lives and Loves
January 9 and 16, 2019
10:00am - 1pm
1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
The personal essay is an effective method for uncovering the deeper thoughts, causes, and concerns that lie beneath your lived experience. In this class, we’ll use readings, discussion, and writing exercises to learn how to artfully express ourselves.
Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay: Writing Compelling Personal Essays about Your Life
January 28, 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm
South Country Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
In this workshop, participants will learn the building blocks of writing an effective and satisfying personal essay.