Fall 2016 Memoir Workshop

“Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person explained.”

                                               -Thomas M. Cirignano

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Join us Saturday, Oct. 1 for Bob Welch’s workshop devoted fully to not only the writing of your own memoir but turning it into an actual book. Within months. And without all the headaches you might expect.

What: A one-day workshop devoted specifically to memoir writing and printing.

Who: Anyone interested in either or both of these pursuits.

Where: The Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.

Cost: $149

Includes: Seven hours of instruction; notebook filled with information on memoir writing; free personally autographed copy of Welch’s memoir, Pebble in the Water, on the writing of American Nightingale and lunch.

Teachers: Bob Welch, author and Register-Guard columnist.


8:30 a.m. Check-in.

8:45 a.m. What’s a memoir and why bother to write one?
9:00 a.m. Whose truth? What audience?
9:15 a.m. When and where are you going to write?
9:30 a.m. Where do you begin? (Hint: Not at the keyboard.)
9:45 a.m. How do you structure your story? What tone of writing?

10:00 a.m. (Break)

10:15 a.m. Exploring Your Own Memoir I

10:30 a.m. Ethics. Do you name names? Tell all? Lie a little?
10:45 a.m. Keeping it interesting: What to keep and what to throw?
11:00 a.m. Don’t just tell us, show us your life
11:15 a.m. Exploring Your Own Memoir II
11:30 a.m. Q&A

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Involving all the senses so the reader is “there.”
12:45 p.m. Editing: Daring to have others help you make it better
1 p.m. Bells and whistles: Quotes? Photos? Graphics? Poetry? Appendixes?
1:15 p.m. Exploring Your Own Memoir III

1:30 p.m. (Break)

1:45 p.m. Memoir Writing Assignment I
2:30 p.m. Print on Demand

3:30 p.m. (Break)

3:45 p.m. Memoir Writing Assignment II
4:15 p.m. Final questions
4:30 p.m. Workshop ends

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