ONLINE Finding Your Memoir
Finding Your Memoir is a hands-on workshop for writers who are interested in sharing pieces of their life story. In this full-day session we will discuss the structure of book-length memoir and key features of this genre including: finding your theme/central questions; internal and external conflict; voice in memoir; telling the truth; writing about family; and other relevant topics.
We will do short writing exercises in class, and review short excerpts from several published memoirs. Come prepared to write, and bring a brief one-two paragraph description of your project to share with the class. By the end of the day, you’ll have practical suggestions and several ‘next steps’ to continue with your book project.
This is an interactive course using the Zoom web conferencing platform.
Judah Leblang is a Boston-based writer, teacher, and storyteller. He has performed his one-man show, “It’s Now or Never. My Life in the Late Middle Ages” at community centres and Fringe Festivals in the US and Canada, including Calgary (Best of Fringe, 2019). He is the author of two memoirs, Finding My Place (Lake Effect Press, 2012) and Echoes of Jerry (Red Giant Books, 2019). His essays and commentaries have been broadcast on public radio stations throughout the US, and on several Canadian stations. He teaches creative nonfiction at Grubstreet writing centre in Boston.