Structure in Memoir: How to Reveal the Universal Story Inside the Personal Memoir

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
Southern California Writers’ Conference
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Memoir, like any story, needs a structure upon which to build and from which to expand. It needs a construction with its own logic that holds the story together. Memoir isn’t autobiography. Memoir is a “slice of life” that has a beginning, middle and ending, but these aren’t birth and death and everything that happened in-between. In this workshop, we’ll look at some of the many ways a writer can structure her memoir—linear, framed, single-focus issue, collage, braided, circular, plus a few other surprising scaffolds. We’ll explore examples of the various structures and discuss why they work and how a writer can determine the most effective structure for the story that wants to be told.

This workshop is just one of dozens of workshops, panels, read and critique sessions, and speakers scheduled for this weekend conference in Irvine, CA. Find out more here: Southern California Writers’ Conference