Promoting the Arts in Coles County Since 1984


The knowing was always right

A writing workshop based on Joy Harjo's memoir Crazy Brave 
6-7:30 pm, Thursday April 22, 2021
through EIU's Academy of Lifelong Learning

“In the end, we must each tend to our own gulfs of sadness,” Joy Harjo writes in her inspiring, poetic, and deeply emotional memoir, Crazy Brave. Others can assist us, but we must find the path to self-knowledge ourselves, with art, poetry, memoir, music, and nature as our guides. In this discussion/workshop, we will look at the way Harjo weaves dreams, poems, and visions from her American Indian past into a narrative that reveals both the incredible sadness and the powerful beauty of her life. After discussing what makes Harjo’s poetry as well as her memoir so remarkable, participants will free-write on a childhood memory and then will experiment with adding poetry, dreams, song lyrics, etc. in order to enrich their memoir.

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Instructors: Daiva Markelis, PhD and Charlotte England, PhD.

Sponsored by Coles County Arts Council.


Free and open to the public.  Deadline to register, April 20, 2021, but don't wait!

A free copy of Crazy Brave will be sent to the first fifteen people who register before April 5.


Registration questions - call EIU's School of Extended Learning - 217-581-5114

Joy Harjo, by Matika Wilbur from

Memoir Writers Group Meetings: Are still happening, via Zoom. Contact us through the CCAC Facebook page to join either the day group (fourth Friday of the month from 1-3) or the Evening group (second Tuesday from 7-9). 


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