Number of sessions: 1
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Date: Sunday, October 25
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 is the New York Times-bestselling author of the memoir Jesus Land and of 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.