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2017-09/16 Tell Me a Story—Using the Techniques of Fiction to Craft a Compelling Memoir with Judy Reeves

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017 Time: 2:30pm to 5:30pm Number of sessions: One Day Class Members: $45 Nonmembers: $54 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

When we say, “tell me a story,” what we really mean is transport me to another place and time where something interesting—maybe even captivating—is happening. We want something exciting or moving to occur, and we want to experience it right along with the characters. We want to get to know the characters, see what they look like and hear their voices. We want to learn about them through their actions and behavior. We want to be grounded in a place, at a particular time. It isn’t just in novels and short stories, we want all this—readers these days expect these story-telling qualities in our memoirs as well. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the various techniques good fiction writers use to shape their story and reveal their characters and learn how to apply them in our memoirs. 

Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur whose books include “A Writer’s Book of Days; Writing Alone,” “Writing Together; A Creative Writer’s Kit,” and “The Writer’s Retreat Kit.” Her work has also appeared in the San Diego Reader, The Frozen Moment, A Year in Ink, Vols I and 5 and other anthologies. Two plays, written with a women’s writing ensemble, were produced in the Fritz Blitz. In addition to leading private writing workshops and retreats, Judy teaches at UCSD Extension and speaks at writing conferences internationally. A tenth anniversary Revised Edition of “A Writer’s Book of Days” was named Best Nonfiction in the 2010 San Diego Book Awards. Her latest book is “Wild Women, Wild Voices.” Her website is She blogs at

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