The Nuts and Bolts of Memoir (with Louise Nayer)

Louise Nayer

Louise Nayer




SUNDAY, APRIL 7  |  In a comfortable setting, you’ll learn techniques to draw readers into the world of your memoir, whether it’s a childhood home by the Merced River, a fifth-floor apartment in New York City, or the way the wind felt on your face one day on Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Using examples from successful memoirs, you’ll learn about sensory detail, scene and summary, dialogue, and navigating time shifts. You’ll practice the basic elements of memoir through in-class exercises and leave this one-day class with a body of writing and some new writing friends! Coffee/tea and snacks provided and there is a one hour break for lunch.

Louise Nayer has written five books—two books of poetry: Keeping Watch and The Houses Are Covered in Sound and co-authored with Lang, How To Bury A Goldfish: 113 Rituals for Everyday Life. Burned: A Memoir was an Oprah Great Read and winner of the Wisconsin Library Association Award. Her most recent book is Poised for Retirement: Moving From Anxiety to Zen, part memoir and part self-help. She has taught creative writing for over 40 years and was on the faculty of City College of San Francisco for 27 years. She has been interviewed widely, including on NPR and has written for magazines and newspapers including Rolling Stone, OZY, and The San Francisco Chronicle.


Number of sessions: 1

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Date: Sunday, April 7

Course fee: $125

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