Date(s) - 03/16/2019 - 03/17/2019
Blue Ridge Writing Academy
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**This writing retreat is full. Please check out our retreat offered on July 13 and 14, 2019.
Whether students are writing about their own experiences or capturing the history of a family, participants in this course will learn the basics of writing about a life. Through discussion and exercises, we will explore how to get started and how to build on memory through interviews and other forms of research, as well as the craft of story-telling. After taking this class, students should leave with a solid draft in-hand of the next step in their projects and a blueprint for completing it.
10:00 AM-4:00 PM on Saturday, March 16, 2019 (A vegetarian lunch will be provided.)
10:00 AM-3:00 PM on Sunday, March 17, 2019 (A vegetarian lunch will be provided.)
Goldberg, Natalie. Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir. New York: Atria, 2007. (Included with purchase of class)
Subjects Covered in This Course Include:
- What is memoir?
- Being vulnerable and telling the truth
- Digging deeper (Why? Why? Why?)
- Knowing yourself
- Reading as a writer and how this technique informs your own craft
- What to leave in and what to leave out
- The writers’ notebook
- Writing exercises to free your mind and memories
- Discovering metaphor, imagery, and continuity
- The Hero’s Journey (archetypal story pattern)
- Writing about family, friends, and enemies
- Literary agents, publishing, and marketing
This event is fully booked.