September 28, 2017
BETTER THAN FICTION: WRITING YOUR MEMOIR WITH FLAIR
Memoirs don’t have to read like diaries or timelines. The best ones are written like good novels—with the same literary tools that make great romances and mysteries come alive. This seminar will help memoir writers turn their memoirs into compelling stories, with the same dialogue, description, pacing and narration that make fictional protagonists jump off the page. This five-session hands-on workshop will feature in-class exercises and real-time, constructive feedback for both those who’ve started their memoir and those who want to get started. The sessions will be held every other week.
Session 1: Introduction – What is memoir and how to choose your story. We’ll explore some best-selling memoirs and hear from a couple of memoir writers in our community. We’ll go home with an assignment to start shaping our story.
Session 2: Plotting the narrative arc – Developing your story line and getting started. We’ll share our stories with each other, share feedback, and discuss techniques for organizing the narrative based on good fiction-writing techniques.
Session 3: Writing great dialogue – How your characters express themselves. We’ll discuss the basics for capturing speech and the various techniques for building character and scene through dialogue. We’ll make our dialogue as compelling and telling as that in good fiction.
Session 4: Setting and action – Creating a sense of place and moving the story forward. We’ll discuss how to choose anecdotes that illustrate the story, and ways to put the reader in the midst of the story. We’ll practice writing scene-setting narrative in class.
Session 5: Self-editing and publishing your memoir – What are your options. We’ll try some editing exercises and discuss your options for hiring editors and taking your memoir to print.
Dates: Thursdays, September 28, October 12, 26, 9 and 30.
Time: 10 a.m to noon
Location: Welwood-Murray Library, 100 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
FALL CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP WITH JO SCOTT-COE IN RIVERSIDE
Now enrolling for the Fall 2017 session.
Welcome to Inlandia Institute's Creative Writing Workshops Program. With venues in multiple cities, we hope you find one that works well with your location and schedule.
Workshops are filled on a first come, first served basis, with caps on workshop registrations based on total number of available seats per location.
Please indicate your first, second, and third choice workshops. If you would prefer to be put on a waiting list for your first choice workshop, we will be happy to do so, but be advised that often a seat does not open until the following workshop session once all seats are filled.
Attendance is not mandatory, but be courteous and give up your seat if you find that you will not be able to attend one or more workshop meetings as there are likely others would be grateful for that seat.
All workshops are open to the public but registration is required. Once the workshop has begun, vacant seats can only be filled at the discretion of the workshop leader and Inlandia staff.
By registering for an Inlandia workshop you are entitled to submit work for inclusion in the annual Writing from Inlandia anthology.
Inlandia's Creative Writing Workshops are free but a donation toward the workshops program is appreciated. Donations are accepted via PayPal or snail mail or directly to the Inlandia Institute office only.
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Please remember: Donations are optional! Support comes in many forms. Thank you for supporting the Inlandia Institute!
Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops Code of Conduct
1.) Always be respectful and considerate of everyone’s time and talent.
2.) When critiquing others’ work, be compassionate, concise, and helpful; wherever possible, use direct examples rather than vague generalizations.
3.) When arriving and departing the workshop, be prompt, and observe all venue rules and regulations, including venue closing times and noise levels.
4.) These seasonal workshops (fall, winter, and spring) each meet for five meeting times over any ten-week seasonal session. Please try to attend each one. If you can’t make it, or if at any time you wish to drop the workshop, please notify your workshop leader or the Inlandia Institute at 951 790 2458.
5.) If you have any questions or concerns, please call Cati Porter at the above number or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and enjoy the workshop!
You can register for a workshop at the Fall Creative Writing Workshops form