It’s less than a week until MBCN/SHARE’s memoir writing webinar! Have you signed up?
Part One is Tuesday, February 17; Part Two follows on the next Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Both take place at from 1:30 to 2:30 PM EST. Register here: http://www.sharecancersupport.org/share-new/learn/programs/write_your_own_memoir/
Presenter Abigail Thomas has already given us a two-page “assignment”:
- Take an 10 years of your life.
- Reduce them to two pages.
- Each sentence should be only three words long.
Example: He was cute. I was clueless. It seemed right.
Thomas is famous for this exercise—read what she told Oprah’s readers here.
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.)
For those “keeners” as our Canadian friends call them, here is some additional reading material compiled by MBCN.
Are you helping someone write their memoir? StoryCorps offers this list of questions to help get the conversation started. Here is a video that explains how you can interview someone to preserve their story.
“Be honest, dig deep or don’t bother,” says Abigail Thomas in this 128-page guide. Thomas includes writing prompts throughout her book as well as adding several pages of writing prompts at the end.
The Power of Memoir uses an eight-step process to help readers identify milestones in their lives and tell their stories.
King’s book is on writing in general—not specifically on writing a memoir. Here are 22 lessons from his book.
Following Abigail’s instructions, we’ll conclude with this three-word sentence: