WHAT MADE J.R. MOEHRINGER'S THE TENDER BAR A BEST-SELLING MEMOIR?
Tuesdays, March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2 at 4pm PT | 7pm ET
This 4-week course focuses on what memoirists can learn from J.R. Moehringer's structure, narration, and tightly focused themes as he propels readers through his adolescence and early adulthood with adept observations and vivid language that hold lessons for memoirists of all stripes.
Class 1—March 12: HOW TO CREATE A "STRUCTURAL DREAM" FOR YOUR MEMOIR—what The Tender Bar has to teach us about the power of linear structures and tightly woven themes.
Class 2—March 19: THE ROMANCE OF PLACE—how to paint a picture that enchants your reader.
Class 3—March 26: CHARACTER/ CHARACTERIZATION—making your reader fall in love with your characters—with all their charms and flaws.
Class 4—April 2: NARRATION—using the reflective narrator to write about things a younger version of you did not know or could not have articulated.
MASTERING STRUCTURE: UNLOCK THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR MEMOIR
Tuesdays, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14 at 4pm PT | 7pm ET
In this 4-week craft intensive, we'll lead you through the nuts and bolts of structure—why it matters, how it will support you to write a better, more saleable memoir, and what tools are at your disposal to support you to keep your structure intact while simultaneously focusing on good storytelling and craft.
Class 1—April 23: WRAPPING YOUR MIND AROUND STRUCTURE—where to start, whether you’re in the idea phase of your memoir or already have a full draft.
Class 2—April 30: WHAT STRUCTURES EXIST—an overview of 5 memoir structures: linear, braided associative, framed and circular.
Class 3—May 7: TRADITIONAL STORY ARCS—when to use them and when to abandon them.
Class 4—May 14: TOOLS THAT SUPPORT STRUCTURE—things you can do to get organized around craft, plot, and thinking through your reflections/takeaways.
LINDA JOY MYERS 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 Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters! (coming this August 2019), 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.”