Mapping Your Memoir from Start to Finish
What begins with “I have a story to tell” can soon feel unwieldy in terms of structuring a narrative, creating scenes, and adding factual depth. This class helps you create an action plan for getting your memoir written.
Week by week, we'll discuss the key elements: where to begin and end, identifying core conflicts, developing characters, and incorporating research. We’ll look at craft essays and inspiring exemplars from successful memoirs. Participants will be encouraged to share new work, in response to prompts, and submit previously drafted work for line edits; in addition, our last week will focus on producing an annotated outline to ensure forward momentum. Get serious about your book with this fun, immersive workshop.
Sandra Beasley is the author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a disability memoir and cultural history of food allergy. She is also the author of the poetry collections Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. In 2018, she edited the anthology Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. Honors for her work include a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Munster Literature Centre’s John Montague International Poetry Fellowship; the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize; visiting writer fellowships at Wichita State University, Cornell College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the University of Mississippi; four DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships; and the Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. Her prose has appeared in such venues as the New York Times, The Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, Barrelhouse, and The Oxford American. She lives in Washington, D.C.