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Beyond the ME in Memoir: How to Write, Revise & Publish Personal Essays & Memoirs
March 15 @ EST 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
If you want to write personal essays and memoir that will engage readers and increase your likelihood of getting published, you’ll need more than a great story.
We make myriad ethical and personal decisions, including whether we’re ready to write this piece, who we have the right to write about, whether writing will cause pain or harm … and how much we care if it does. Once those questions are settled, there’s the art and craft of writing, and technical decisions about form, point of view, and scope.
Well-crafted essays require a disciplined approach, from concept and drafting to the painstaking and rewarding tasks of revising—then revising again. And once you’ve made your piece the best it can be, how do you get it out into the world? This webinar breaks down what can be an overwhelming process into clear, manageable steps.
This webinar is for writers, emerging and established, who want to hone their skills for writing powerful, affecting, and beautifully styled memoirs and personal essays.
In this presentation, you will:
- LEARN the essential elements of memoirs and personal essays through discussions of truth and memory, avoiding the trap of the diary entry, and making space for the imagination.
- FILL your writer’s toolbox with techniques and strategies to make your writing vivid, affecting, and distinctive—qualities that agents and editors look for.
- DEVELOP a broader sense of possibility by taking a close look at stellar examples, from hermit crab essays to braided, mosaic, and other forms.
- DISCOVER routes to getting published and submission Dos and Don’ts.
Closed captioning is available. ✔
All registrants receive the recording. ✔
ABOUT YOUR PRESENTER
LISE FUNDERBURG’s latest book is Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents, a collection of all-new work by 25 writers, which Publishers Weekly deemed a “sparkling anthology” in its starred review. Her previous book was Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home. Pig Candy fits into several genres—including narrative nonfiction, memoir, travelog, and biography—but essentially, it’s a book about life, death, and barbecue.
Lise’s first book was a prescient collection of oral histories, Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity, the first book to explore the lives of adult children of black-white unions, recently released in an updated 20th-anniversary edition. Lise’s essays have appeared in ThreepennyReview, Harper’s, Broad Street, Brevity, The New York Times, The Chattahoochee Review, and elsewhere.
Lise teaches CNF at the University of Pennsylvania, the Paris Writing Workshop, and, for those who prefer sweatpants, on ZOOM.
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