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2017-10/29 Time in Memoir—A Chronology of Its Own with Judy Reeves

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017 Time: 10am to 1pm 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

Not every memoir is told in chronological order. In fact, most memoirs move both forward and backward in time, slip-sliding from past to present and back again. The most successful memoirs aren’t simply a recounting of events, but the memoirist’s discovery of the connections among events that were not necessarily sequential and weaving those events into a narrative that reveals a meaning deeper than a mere telling of this happened and then that. Flash back; flash forward; time leaps; “I, then and I, now;” child voice/adult voice; past tense/present tense; reflection/projection; time is fluid in the memoir. In this workshop, we’ll look at the ways a writer controls time to reveal patterns and meaning in telling their story.

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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