Beachside Writers/Memoirs (2015)


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

                                               -Thomas M. Cirignano, The Constant Outsider

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Join us Saturday, May 9 for a Bob Welch-led workshop devoted fully to not only the writing of your own story — or your family’s own story — but turning it into an actual book, with print-on-demand expert Roger Hite. 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, Eugene.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Cost: $149

Includes: Seven hours of instruction; notebook filled with information on memoir writing; free, personally autographed copy of Welch’s book Pebble in the Water, detailing the researching, writing, editing and promoting of his Oregon Book Award-finalist American Nightingale. Lunch catered by Johnny Ocean’s Grille.

Teachers: Bob Welch, author and former Register-Guard columnist, and Roger Hite, retired hospital administrator, print-on-demand expert and author of more than two dozen self-published books.

Purpose: “Prior to our 2015 Beachside/Yachats workshop, a survey showed memoir writing was the preferred writing genre of more than a third of our 51 attendees — doubling the interest in any other topic,” says Welch. “We want to hone that interest in a way that will take you from ‘thinking about doing a memoir’ to actual doing one!” Beachside/Memoir will take would-be memoir writers from idea, to planning, to research, to writing, to editing and to printing, with the hope that you’ll commit to doing your memoir in the year to come. It will answer essentially every question you have about the process and inspire you to begin!


8:30 a.m. Check-in.

Teacher: Bob Welch
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. Ethics. Do you name names? Tell all? Lie a little?
10:30 a.m. Keeping it interesting: What to keep and what to throw?
10:45 a.m. Don’t just tell us, show us your life

11:00 a.m. (Break)

11:15 a.m. Involving all the senses so the reader is “there.”
11:30 a.m. Editing: Daring to have others help you make it better
11:45 a.m. Bells and whistles: Quotes? Photos? Graphics? Poetry? Appendixes?

Noon Lunch provided by Johnny Ocean’s Grill.

Teacher: Roger Hite

1:00 p.m. The Incredible Technology of Print on Demand: Video of Espresso Book Machine and Powell Book Store’s experience.
1:15 p.m. Factoids about POD — what it is and isn’t, and and what need it fills in the publishing world.
1:30 p.m. Example of POD successes and challenges.
1:45 p.m. The Economics of POD Publication

2:00 p.m. (Break)

2:15 p.m. Introduction to the Create Space POD process
2:30 p.m. Designing a POD Cover
2:45 p.m. Pricing and Marketing a POD Book

3:00 p.m. (Break)

3:15 p.m. Question and answer session with Bob and Roger.
4:00 p.m. Workshop ends.

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