Memoir in a Nutshell (with Julia Scheeres)

Julia Scheeres




SUNDAY, MARCH 4  |  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 is the New York Times-bestselling author of the memoir Jesus Land and of A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown. She reviews books for the New York Times Book Review and has taught creative writing for many venues, including Stanford University. Essays and articles:


Number of sessions: 1

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Date: Sunday, March 4

Course fee: $95

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