Writing a Great Memoir: What You Need to Know with Louise Nayer, Saturday (11/17)

Louise Nayer

Instructor: Louise Nayer
Contact: Lnayer50@comcast.net
Number of sessions: 1
Meeting time: 10 am to 4 pm, with a break for lunch
Dates: Saturday, November 17

Course fee: $155, $75 deposit required.

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are nonrefundable.

Description: In this six hour- intensive class, we’ll go over the basic elements of great memoir writing.
Exercises will help you heighten language through sensory detail, learn the difference between scene and summary and deal with time shifts by using flashback and slow motion techniques. We will also review the more challenging aspects of point of view so you can find the right voice and fully engage your readers.

Excerpts from Judith Barrington’s Memoir Writing  and from writers such as Julia Scheeres, Jesus Land, Michael Chabon, Manhood for Amateurs, Lucy Grealy Autobiography of a Face and Wainaina One Day I Will Write About This Place — will be used for inspiration and to help with structure.  We will also discuss emotional blocks and ethical concerns about memoir writing and the instructor will share her own journey from concept to publication. There will be group work and plenty of time for questions.  You’ll leave with many handouts to keep you going.
You can bring in some work to share if you wish. Beginners and advanced writers welcome.

Coffee, tea and snacks provided!

Instructor bio: Louise Nayer, winner of six California Arts Council grants, has taught creative writing for over 30 years.  She has published four books. Her most recent book Burned: A Memoir was listed in Oprah Magazine was a finalist for the USA Book news award and recently won the Wisconsin Library Association award. She has given readings of her work all over the country and on NPR.