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Memoir 101: Structure
February 3, 2021 @ EST 10:30 am - 12:00 pm$35
Member Price: $30
Deadline to Register: February 2, 5 pm
Instructor: Anais Salibian
Knowing about possible structures is helpful even as you generate writing, but the best structure for your story may not emerge until you’re well into it. We will discuss different ways to format your story and examine how other memoirists have done it. We’ll use as examples The Liar’s Club, by Mary Karr; Ghostbread, by Sonja Livingston; The Boys of My Youth by, Joanna Beard; and The Suicide Index, by Joan Wickersham. Then we’ll practice one of the structures as an in-class exercise.
Anais Salibian holds a Master’s degree in English literature and Certification in Secondary Education. She has taught writing classes at Writers & Books since 1989. In her Writing to Heal classes, delivered at battered women’s shelters, rape crisis centers, breast cancer support organizations, and elsewhere, she integrates story writing with structured journaling and poetry exercises to expand and deepen insight and healing. Her published works are creative nonfiction. In 2004, she received Writers & Books’ Teacher of Adults Award for the Creation and Appreciation of Literature.
Workshops are conducted EST via Zoom, a virtual platform that allows you to participate in exercises and contribute to group conversation. To participate, please register by the deadline using the ticket portal below, or go to Scholarships. Zoom links are emailed to registered participants.