Number of sessions: 1
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Date: Sunday, January 24
Course fee: $85
This seminar could also be called Everything You Wanted to Know About Memoir But Were Afraid to Ask. We will discuss the elements that go into a successful memoir, including dramatic storytelling, tension, vivid characters, and clear sense of direction.
We will review the basic building blocks of storytelling – scene, summary and musing, and how to navigate the places where memory fails you. We discuss issues that arise from writing about living people. We will also address the publishing business, including how to increase your chances of finding an agent and getting published. This seminar is a good fit for anyone thinking of writing a memoir or in the process of crafting one. There will be plenty of time for questions.
Free coffee and pastries included!
Julia Scheeres‘ memoir, Jesus Land, was a New York Times and London Times bestseller. She is also the author of the award-winning A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown. She contributes to the New York Times Book Review and teaches at creative writing for many venues, including Stanford University.