What we cover
- Differences among memoir, biography, and family history.
- Defining your motivation for writing.
- Writing in your natural voice.
- Gathering and organizing your stories.
- Opening your stories with action to grab readers' attention.
- Thinking of each episode as a scene in a movie.
- Using dialogue to break up narrative and make characters interesting.
- Writing about painful memories.
- Reading life stories you enjoy and following their approaches.
- Using memory joggers to focus on key events.
- Free-writing without editing or censoring.
- Enlisting a trusted friend to read your work and make suggestions.
- Importance of editing your manuscript.
- Publishing your manuscript.
Classes cover the same materials each month. The discussion dynamics change with the number of students, their diverse backgrounds, and where they are in their writing journeys. You are welcome to return any time to see what both of us have learned. See you there!
Class locations and datesClasses are at the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Avenue, Springfield, Missouri. Map and library information. I'm also available to come to your town and present my class at your library, church, or community center for reimbursement of my expenses. Contact me.
We meet the first Saturday each month, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., except December, in the Harrison Room unless noted. Registration not required.
March 4 - Grafton Room
April - No class
December - No class