Finding Your Memoir - July 2022

Judah Leblang

This hands-on workshop is designed for writers who are interested in sharing key elements of their life stories. In this four-in-one course we will discuss the structure of book-length memoir and key features of this genre including: finding your theme or through-line; dealing with internal and external conflict; telling the truth/writing about family; and structuring a memoir. We will do several short writing exercises in class focusing on the following–identifying potential turning points in your story; finding an opening hook or inciting incident; conveying emotional stakes; and playing with structure. We will also review short excerpts/examples from several published memoirs. Come prepared to write and bring a brief one-two paragraph description of your project to share with the class. You’ll leave the course with a clearer sense of your through-line and theme; new tools to assist you in creating your book’s structure, and practical techniques to continue working on your project.

Finding Your Memoir - July 2022 with Judah Leblang will meet Saturday, July 16 from 10am-4pm in person at Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.

Saturday, July 16, 2022
10:00 am
4:00 PM
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Judah Leblang

Judah Leblang is a storyteller, memoirist and writing teacher. His essays and commentaries have been broadcast throughout the US on more than 150 NPR and ABC-network radio stations, as well as several Canadian stations. He is a regular columnist for Bay Windows, Boston’s gay newspaper, and an instructor at Grub Street. He is the author of two memoirs: Finding My Place (2013) and Echoes of Jerry (2019).

Lake Erie Ink

2843 Washington Blvd, Cleveland Heights OH 44118

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