Art of Memoir: A Weekend Workshop
What you can learn.
- Identify characters, settings, and dialogue to bring your memoir to life
- Develop a structure for your story to help you focus the direction of your memoir
- Study published memoirs to identify powerful techniques of established writers
- Develop insight into the larger themes of your story
About this course:
The essence of a great memoir is the writer’s voice and how he or she brings the reader into a scene with sensory details. Vivid characters, evocative settings, and pitch-perfect dialogue are essential for the reader to remain interested. In this two-day workshop, you learn the essentials of character development, dialogue, and structure through in-class writing exercises and excerpts of published memoirists such as Mary Karr, Abigail Thomas, and Myra Shapiro. You also work to uncover your truth, develop insight into the larger themes of your story, and cast yourself as a compelling character.