July 22-25, 2021
New York City

 

Keep It in Scene: Making Your Memoir Come Alive

Memoirs and personal essays should read a lot like fiction, filled with vivid action and compelling characters and plenty of sensory details. However, the nature of memory is such that many beginning memoirists fall into the habit of just talking about their life rather than showing the reader what actually happened. In this class, we’ll look at how to keep personal narratives in scene, and how to turn vague memories into concrete stories. Remember: stories a chance to walk in someone else’s shoes, but only if the reader knows what it feels like to wear those shoes and where the shoes are going.

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