Memoir Writing Class
Thursdays, March 30 through May 18 – 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Freeman Storytime Room, Transylvania County Library
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Space is limited to ten participants. Registration begins Monday, March 6 and is first come, first served. On May 25th, participants will have the opportunity to read their work during a Public Reading Event at the Library, which will be open to the public.
Class is currently full. Click HERE to get on a waiting list.
Class Description and Participant Responsibilities
Do you have a story to tell about your past? Would you like to write about it, perhaps even publish it? Are you interested in writing to find things out about yourself and others, to gain insight and clarity, to strengthen your sense of identify and purpose? Then, come take the creative journey of a lifetime and join the Memoir Writing Class! Experience the joy of writing as you explore and reflect on your life, recall, record and preserve important moments, connect with yourself and others on a deeply personal level, and hone your writing skills while having fun.
In this fast-paced, eight-week class, you will learn how to:
- Set the scene to develop character, write sensory description and compelling dialogue
- Establish your “voice” and tell your truth
- Pace your story as you build a narrative arc with a great beginning, middle and ending
- Dive to the bottom of the ocean to capture the emotional heart of your story
You will write at home, share your work online in advance of class with other participants, read your work in class, gently and constructively critique your classmates’ work, and then rewrite your story to make it even better.
Because memoir writing is especially personal and some will be delving into sensitive topics, participants must be accepting and non-judgmental of the work shared and protect the privacy of classmates.
The instructor is Daphne Larkin, an award-winning book author, columnist and memoirist who is writing a book on the art, the alchemy and the craft of memoir writing.
Questions? Email Lisa Sheffield at the Library