Your Memoir, Your Moment
Spring 2020 Memoir Events
Register for both classes by April 1st: Just $250!
++ These are online courses and will be recorded! ++
2020 Memoir Event
A Day of Memoir Inspiration, Motivation, and Craft
May 1st, 2020: 10am-3pm PT / 1pm-6pm ET
Join Linda Joy and Brooke and our talented and inspiring guests—best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love and Committed), Joshua Mohr (Sirens), and Alia Hanna Habib (literary agent).
Early-bird registration: $179.
10am PT/1pm ET: Answer What's Calling You
Brooke Warner kicks off the day with an invitation to dream big—into what your memoir wants to be, into your publishing possibilities, and into the power of your self-expression. This hour is about voice—what you’ll do with it, how to get yourself out there, and how to nurture and grow the energy and inspiration of your creative calling.
11am PT/2pm ET: Layering Meaning Into Your Scenes
Linda Joy Myers offers a deep and practical presentation about how to layer detail and meaning into your scenes. In this hour you’ll learn how words paint pictures, how different narrative techniques allow you to deepen the readers’ experience, and how to balance showing vs. telling.
Noon PT/3pm ET: Big "Memoir" Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert will be in conversation with Brooke during this memoir-focused hour that will explore creativity, permission, passion, and what Liz has learned from living out loud. Brooke will field participant questions in real-time as we get to the heart of how Liz thinks about memoir and why telling your story matters, now more than ever.
1pm PT/4pm ET—Publishing Tips & Success Strategies for Memoirists
Literary agent Alia Hanna Habib offers up a behind-the-industry-scenes look at what literary agents are looking for when considering taking on memoirs: 1) concept; 2) voice; and 3) author platform. She’ll unpack these keys to success and explain what aspiring authors can do to up the ante in these areas to capture agents’ and editors’ attention.
2pm PT/5pm ET: You and You: How to Access the Two "I's" of Memoir Writing
Joshua Mohr closes the day with a craft-based hour about the two “I’s” in memoir writing—the one who’s “living” through the arc of the story, and the retrospective narrator, the one looking back and telling the yarn. This session will teach techniques to bring out the best in both these I’s, so they add up to a cohesive whole that’s emotionally fraught, with ratcheted-up stakes to engage the audience.
Tuesdays, May 5-May 26 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET
This 4-week intensive is our most ambitious and exciting master class to date. Join Brooke and Linda Joy for four consecutive Tuesdays to learn about the inner workings of voice—its evolution from something you talk or think about to existing on the page; how it’s driven by courage and authenticity; and narrative techniques that add sophistication, complexity, nuance, and resonance to your scenes so you create intimacy and a heart connection with your reader.
Early-bird registration: $129.
MAY 5: THE EVOLUTION OF YOUR VOICE—YOUR STORY, ON AND OFF THE PAGE
All memoir starts with your story, but the story that exists in your head or in your journals (or even on your blog) is different than the memoir you’ll eventually be publishing. Here we’ll talk about the secrets to good story, learning to take risks, and setting aside fears in order to write the story you need to tell.
MAY 12: DECIDING WHAT TO SHARE AND UNDERSTANDING THE MANY LAYERS OF SELF-EXPRESSION
Here we’ll explore what voice is—your perspective, the lens through which you see your story, and the point of view you express. We’ll also talk about permission—both to share and not to share, and how to make sure you’re creating meaning and connection in your writing.
MAY 19: FINDING THE COURAGE TO CREATE A BRIDGE FROM YOUR HEART TO THE PAGE
In this hour we’ll discuss yet another layer of voice—the opinions you have, your feelings, your reactions and biases. Embracing this level of voice and sharing typically triggers writers’ insecurities, and here will discuss how to stay the course, harness your courage, and write from the heart.
MAY 26: THE ART OF NARRATION AND HOW TO PAINT PICTURES WITH YOUR WORDS
We present three narrative voices in this class, complete with examples, in an effort to support writers to be freer on the page. We’ll take a look at the two widely known narrative “I’s”—what we call the “immediate” narrator and the “guiding” narrator, and we’ll also explore a third, the reflective narrator, who brings meaning to your story by staying clear-eyed about why what you’re sharing matters.
Elizabeth Gilbert is a genre-crossing author of many books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Eat Pray Love, her witty and inspiring nonfiction treatise, Big Magic, also a #1 New York Times bestseller, and her newest book, a novel, City of Girls. Her persistent longing to understand the world and her place in it led her “to create experiences to write about,” she says, “to gather landscapes and voices.” Discover more about Liz at www.elizabethgilbert.com.
Joshua Mohr is the author of five novels in addition to his memoir, Sirens. His novel, Some Things that Meant the World to Me, was one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller. He’s currently working on a second memoir and a new novel, which has already been optioned by Circle of Confusion Television Studios. Discover more about Josh at www.joshuamohr.net.
Alia Hanna Habib started her publishing career as a publicist at HMH, and later became an agent, first with McCormick Literary and since 2017 with The Gernert Company. Her tastes include narrative nonfiction, literary fiction, and culinary titles. She’s a graduate of Barnard College, earned an MA in English Literature from Rutgers, and lives in Brooklyn.
Linda Joy Myers is the president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and the author of two award-winning memoirs Don’t Call Me Mother and Song of the Plains. Her three books, The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, Becoming Whole, and Journey of Memoir, guide writers through the stages of creating a powerful, truthful, and universal story.
Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-Light Your Book, What’s Your Book?, and How to Sell Your Memoir. She is committed to helping writers become creative entrepreneurs and thought leaders, a message conveyed in her 2017 TEDx talk, “Green-Light Revolution.”