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2017-10/14 Perfecting the Craft of the Modern Memoir with Traci Foust

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017 Time: 2:30pm to 8pm Number of sessions: 1 day only Members: $82.50 Nonmembers: $99 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
What makes Hardcore Memoir different from other workshops is its core emphasis on getting to the work. A great idea is certainly necessary in developing a story while flawless prose breathes that story to life, but ultimately it’s the determination of the storyteller and the dedication to the work that transforms a writer into an author. A solid memoir is what happens after the journals and diaries. The art of the Craft is never easy and it isn’t always pretty. Creating intriguing narrative as well as a marketable understanding of the genre is essential for anyone who believes their story is worthy of publication.
Some of what you will learn:

You will learn:

  1. How interesting and lyrical beginnings play the most important role in the process of hooking an agent.
  2. Prologues: Can a multi-layered memoir benefit from laying it all out?
  3. Non-linear or linear (arc) writing: Which style is best for your story?
  4. How to set up a compelling scene: Learn to create effective narration for place and time.
  5. The 10 most important editing steps to clean and tighten your writing.
  6. How to perfect the subtle art of unique, strange and memorable details.
  7. How the ever-present tension of threat is the key to captivating your readers.
  8. Learn the 5 most common dialogue mistakes and why speech placement can make or break a story.
  9. How to write effective backstory: Learn when to use it and when to let it go.
  10. How to perfect the art of subtle epiphanies versus what you’re still figuring out.
  11. Why a too-happy ending is the fastest way to an unhappy reader.
  12. Modern syntax and style in the Genre: Unique ways of turning your narrative into a style that is all your own.
  13. How to tactfully share stories of abuse while avoiding melodramatics.

Traci Foust’s first memoir Nowhere Near Normal was published by Simon and Schuster in 2011 and was featured in Marie Claire magazine, NPR and MSNBC Today. Reviews and interview have appeared in many magazines/journals including: San Francisco ChronicleSan Diego Union TribuneVIVA Magazine, KGO News Talk San Francisco, NPR Houston Public Radio, NPR “Tell Me More”, Good Morning San Diego CW 6, The Jim Bohannon Show and MSNBC’s TODAY Health. She’s a regular contributor to the online magazineRole Reboot.Org which holds a readership of <330,000 (Feedback Media Kit-April, 2016) and my essays have appeared in several anthologies including THE TRUTH OF MEMOIR (Writer’s Digest 2014) Other work has appeared in The Southern ReviewPBS’s Emery’s JournalThe Nervous Breakdown, andApalachee Review.


PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that a class does not get cancelled or rescheduled.