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From Memories to Moments: Scene and Structure in Memoir

$65.00
Members
$75.00
Non-members
Friday, June 14th, 10:30am-1:30pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

You’ve got all the raw material you need to write a memoir: your memories, experiences and insights. But to shape them into a compelling and engaging work, you need to create actual scenes and arrange them in a narrative arc—while at the same time not straying too far from the truth. In this seminar, you’ll look at excerpts from published memoirs and personal essays to discover and discuss how authors manage to pull off this feat and find solutions to your own writing challenges. Specific topics will include planning your memoir, balancing exposition and scene, (re)creating dialogue, and when it’s OK to stretch the truth. You’ll have the chance to try out what you’ve learned with an exercise or two. Come with your work(s)-in-progress in mind or on paper.

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Jane Roper
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Elements

  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing
  • Lecture
  • Craft Lessons

Genre

  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Nonfiction

Commitment Level

Low

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