Memoir Webinar With Abigail Thomas Starts Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

How do you get started? Abigail Thomas offers some insights.


Are you ready? Part One of MBCN/SHARE’s memoir writing webinar takes place Tuesday, February 17; Part Two follows on the next Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Both take place from 1:30 to 2:30 PM EST. Register here:

Presenter Abigail Thomas has given us a two-page writing “assignment”:

  1. Take any 10 years of your life.
  2. Reduce them to two pages.
  3. Each sentence should be only three words long.

Example: He was cute. I was clueless. It seemed right.

(We hope you can complete this assignment prior to the webinar—but if you can’t or don’t want to, you’ll still enjoy the webinar. There’s no obligation.)

Here’s what Abigail will talk about:

  • Why memoir?
  • What IS memoir?
  • What kinds of memoir are there, what are the rules? (There are no rules except for honesty.)
  • What goes in memoir
  • Finding a side door when the direct approach is too daunting
  • What to do when something gets in the way.
  • Is there a different objective for cancer patients or survivors than other people?
  • Clarity: surprise yourself, be not a victim nor an angel
  • NEVER worry about what others will think.


About Abigail Thomas

Abigail Thomas (Photo by Jennifer May)

Abigail Thomas (Photo by Jennifer May)

Abigail Thomas, the daughter of renowned science writer Lewis Thomas (The Lives of a Cell), is the mother of four children and the grandmother of twelve. Her academic education stopped when, pregnant with her oldest daughter, she was asked to leave Bryn Mawr during her first year.

She’s lived most of her life on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and was for a time a book editor and for another time a book agent. Then she started writing for publication. Her first three books “Getting Over Tom,” “An Actual Life,” and “Herb’s Pajamas” were works of fiction. Her memoir, “A Three Dog Life,” was named one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. It won the 2006 Inspirational Memoir Award given by Books for A Better Life.

She is also author of “Safekeeping,” a memoir, and “Thinking About Memoir” and the soon to be published “What Comes Next and How to Like It,” a memoir coming out at the end of March from Scribners. She teaches writing workshops and leads the Memoir Group at Kingston ‘s Oncology Support Program of the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley.

Abigail lives in Woodstock, New York, with her dogs.


Stay tuned: We’ll have some more material to share.

Hope you can join us!

Register here:


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