After you were born, your life may have been a quiet river passing through the landscape, allowing you the time and space to enjoy the journey. Or it may have been a whitewater adventure churning through rocks and narrow canyons, threatening to reduce your fragile boat to splinters and to submerge you in inescapable darkness. Or maybe your journey navigated both quiet rivers and raging rapids. All of us have a story, and perhaps you've thought of writing it, but why would you?
Who wants to read your story anyway? What if your brothers or sisters or parents or aunts or uncles or friends don't remember navigating those rapids quite like you do? What if they will be painted in a negative light when you describe
your experiences? Will they hate you? Will they accuse
you of lying? Will they turn their backs and never
speak to you again? Will Crazy Uncle Richard write you out of his will? Author and memoirist,
Mary Karr, advises us to forget about "lawsuits or how those crazy suckers you share DNA
with are going to spaz out once you tell about what Uncle Bubba did during naptime.”
Yes, there are risks and consequences when you make the decision to sit down and
recount your life in print. But is this really what memoir is all about? Just recounting the events of your life? No. That's autobiography. Memoir is quite different. Memoir is often about selected experiences, not a chronological, factual account of one's life. The experiences shared in a memoir should resonate in some way with the reader. Memoirists are driven by the need the make a difference with their stories. They strive for emotional truths.
This workshop is designed to help you understand the challenges and rewards of liberating your story and to encourage you to begin. You will distinguish between memoir and autobiography, identify your goals, confront your fears, and mine topics for writing, such as turning points and light-hearted moments, as well as those darkest moments lurking in the corners of our memory.
Bonus workshop content will address requirements for the 2018 SSA Writing Contest.
Sharon Miller is an author and freelance editor, specializing in working with authors who wish to self-publish print and e-books. As owner of Buckskin Books, she offers editorial and writing services, including editing at multiple levels, interior book design, and preparing manuscripts for e-publication and print manuscripts for
print-on-demand technology. She is the author of The Clay Remembers, The Clay Endures, and The Clay Sustains, three historical novels inspired by the history of southern Arizona. Together, the books chronicle the tale of a single pot and three strong women over the course of eight hundred years.
Our May forum, the last one, will have a Surprise Speaker. Watch online for the announcement!
The forums will be replaced by monthly workshops that will continue to be $5.00 per person. We will cover a variety of subjects as we have in the past. Members are encouraged to let us know topics that they would like to learn more about regarding our industry.
If you'd like to be a presenter at one of our workshops please contact Mary Ann Carman (email@example.com) or Sharon Lashinger (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let them know. Be sure to give them the topic you'd like to present.
We love having the membership involved and will consider any and all suggestions.