Memoir 101: Writing Your Life Story

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May 15, 2022
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The conference theme, “Geographies of the Fantastic and Quotidian,” can easily apply to personal narratives of Memoir and creative non-fiction. Let's explore how the writers of these genres navigate memories, fantasies, and realities of life to create stories rich in lessons and meaning.


This session will serve as a gathering place for memoir authors, editors, and readers. At first glance, writing our life stories seems easy, but anyone who's ever braved the task will tell you otherwise. What makes writing memoirs and creative non-fiction so tricky? The answer lies in recognizing the elements of our stories most appealing to our readers. In this workshop, we'll set off to dispel the myths about one of today's most popular genres. We'll also explore the main elements of memoir, and learn techniques a writer can use to create a dynamic personal narrative.