The goal of Shaping Your Memoir is to tap into the heart of your richest material and discover a way to shape it into a compelling and transformative story. The course is open to writers of all levels who have a memoir project underway or have a collection of reflections and stories they desire to transform into memoir.
Through the process of facilitated discussions and feedback regarding your own work, you will:
- develop your memoir by identifying turning points to create your narrative arc.
- identify details and imagery to evoke emotion rather than insist upon it.
- identify what to include and what to save for your next book.
- learn about various structures and identify which one best tells your story.
Instructor: Anna Quinn is a writer and the owner of The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend. She has thirty years of experience teaching and leading writing workshops across the country. Her own writing has appeared in various literary journals and texts, including Literature Circles and Response, Practical Aspects of Authentic Assessment, Instructor, Tidepools, IS Literary Magazine, Manifest-Station, Lit-Fest Anthology 2016, and Ars Poetica 2017. She was awarded "2015 Patron of the Arts" in Port Townsend, WA.
Anna’s first novel, The Night Child, was recently acquired, and she will soon make an official announcement. The Night Child is the story of reclaiming your voice and body and the remarkable ability of the body and mind to heal itself. You can read more at annamquinn.com. Anna believes art and writing are transformative and that everyone has a remarkable story to tell.