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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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. Registration is required.
18th annual African American Cultural Celebration
Saturday, January 26, 2019
10:30am - 4:30pm
North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
The theme of this year’s celebration is The Ties That Bind: Culture, Kinship & Community. Around 1:30 pm I will be sharing a bit about my writing journey and how All the Colors We Will See connects with this year’s theme.
Friends of the Union County Public Library Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Main Library in Monroe
316 E. Windsor St.
Monroe, NC 28112
Ahead of Black History Month, I will be sharing a short lecture about All the Colors We Will See and its connection to this year’s larger Black History Month theme of Black Migrations. This event is free and open to the public.
Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay: Writing Compelling Personal Essays about Your Life
Monday, 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.
Bookmarks Movable Feast
Saturday OR Sunday, February 9 OR 10, 2019
7pm the 9th OR 3pm the 10th
Bookmarks & Footnote
634 W. Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
At Bookmarks’ seventh annual Movable Feast attendees will have the opportunity to talk and get their books signed by all visiting authors before and after the events. I’m thrilled to be part of what promises to be a fun event.
The Muse & the Marketplace
April 5-7, 2019
Grub Street’s “three-day literary conference educates aspiring and emerging writers on the craft of fiction and nonfiction, prepares them for the ever-changing world of publishing and promotion, and creates opportunities for meaningful networking.” I will be teaching a session on organizing essay collections and co-teaching a session with Grace Talusan about dealing with envy in the writing life.