Monday, July 15, 2013

Love, Truth and Craft: A Memoir Workshop


Writing a memoir means writing from love —exploring treasured memories, putting people in the story who’ve meant a lot to the writer, and examining moments of meaning that capture the significant themes of our lives.  It also means finding ways to present personal truths in story form— and wrestling with what these truths are. And then there’s “craft” which guides us down the river of our memories. When we are in this craft, we have a structure, a focus, and a direction which keeps us afloat.  In this workshop, we will learn about these three important elements in writing memoir.


Writing a Memoir:  Love, Truth and Craft

Saturday, October 19, 2013
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fairfield Inn 5 N. Pottstown Pike
Exton, PA

What to expect:
1.      Learn about finding your turning points as an element of structure.

2.      The timeline exercise: a way to find your narrative arc.

3.      Character development: how to make your reader love your family.

4.      Weaving dark and light stories—how to create balance in your story—and in yourself as  you  write.

5.      Elements of writing the truth in memoir.

6.      Writing as healing.

7.      Quilting your memoir.

8.      Privacy and sacred space.

9.      Publishing dreams—and how to connect with your audience.
Writing time will be provided along with reading our work in small groups and the larger group.
This workshop is co-created by Linda Joy Myers and Susan G. Weidener

Linda Joy Myers is, president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and the author of four books: Don't Call Me Mother—A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, and a workbook The Journey of Memoir: The Three Stages of Memoir Writing. A speaker and award winning author, she co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and offers editing, coaching, and mentoring for memoir, nonfiction, and fiction.  She has an MFA from Mills College and received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Integrative Learning and her M.S. from San Francisco State University. Linda is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She has presented workshops on memoir-as-healing at the National Association for Poetry Therapy Conference 2004; her workshops at the Story Circle Conference in Austin, Texas  in 2003, and 2004 were: "Spiritual Autobiography" and "Memoir as Healing."

Susan G. Weidener is a former journalist with The Philadelphia Inquirer and the author of two critically-acclaimed memoirs, Again in a Heartbeat, a memoir of love, loss and dating again and Morning at Wellington Square.  Susan has a BA in Literature from American University and a master's in education from the University of Pennsylvania. A writing coach and book editor, she started the Women’s Writing Circle, a support and critique group for writers in suburban Philadelphia.

Who Should Take This Workshop:  Suitable for writers of all levels and experience. Open to men and women.  Women’s Writing Circle workshops are designed to be intimate and there are a limited number of slots.

What To Bring: Writing tools: pens, paper, and/or laptop. 

Where:  Fairfield Inn 5 N. Pottstown Pike Exton, PA 19341.  The Fairfield Inn, located in the heart of the beautiful Brandywine Valley in Chester County, Pennsylvania, provides easy access to the Downingtown exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and has ample free parking. 
Cost:  Early bird special $110 if paid by Sept. 1, 2013.  After that, cost is $135.   Includes light refreshments, coffee, tea and lunch.  Checks should be made payable to: Women’s Writing Circle and sent to 75 Jennifer Drive, Chester Springs, PA  19425  Include email address with check.

NO refunds after Sept. 1.

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