Write Your Life’s Story With Bestselling Author Abigail Thomas

We are thrilled  Abigail Thomas is hosting these webinars

We are thrilled Abigail Thomas is hosting these webinars

Want to beat the winter blahs? Have you always wanted to write your life story but didn’t know how to get started? The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, in collaboration with SHARE, has a two-part free webinar just for you.
Presenter Abigail Thomas is the author of bestsellers such as  A Three Dog Life, Safekeeping, Thinking About Memoir and What Comes Next and How to Like It.  She teaches writing workshops and leads the Memoir Group at Kingston ‘s Oncology Support Program of the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley.
When: Tuesday Feb 17 and Tuesday  Feb 24 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST.
Who: All affected by breast or ovarian cancer (including caregivers) are welcome!
Registration: http://www.sharecancersupport.org/share-new/learn/programs/write_your_own_memoir/#place
In 2011, after Thomas’ daughter, Catherine,  was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, the bestselling author volunteered to lead a five-week writing workshop.  As Nina Shengold reports, three years later, the program remains popular–so much so that there is a waiting list for another group. Fifteen of the workshop participants recently published an anthlology (holding on, letting go).
“When [Catherine’s] year of treatment ended, I wanted to be part of the community that had been helpful to us in so many ways,” Thomas explains. “That was the start of the Memoir Writing Workshop at the Cancer Support Program in Kingston.
Just like Thomas’ workshops, our webinar will start with this two-page assignment:  Take any ten years of your life; reduce them to two pages, and every sentence has to be three words long.  “Not four, not two, THREE words long,” she says. “Here is one example: ‘he was cute. I was clueless. It seemed right.'”

Thomas says her students soon learn there’s nowhere to hide in three-word sentences. “You discover that you can’t include everything, but half of writing is deciding what to leave out. Learning what to leave out is not the same thing as putting in only what’s important. Sometimes it’s what you’re not saying that gives a piece its shape.”

Please have your two-page assignment done before our first webinar on February 17. (Please be assured you can still participate if you haven’t done the assignment–if you can do it, great, if you can’t or choose not to, that is fine, too.)

 


Stay tuned for more updates! In the interim, after you finish your two pages,  you can read Abigail’s 2008 article for Oprah’s magazine, “How to Write Your Own Memoir.”

And now, we would like to conclude  with three words concerning these webinars:
We can’t wait!

 

Take any ten years of your life; reduce them to two pages, and every sentence has to be three words long. Example: He was cute. I was clueless. It seemed right.

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