Memoir Writing: Mini Sessions with Amanda Avutu

Memoir Writing: Mini Sessions with Amanda Avutu

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Do you have a story to tell? Of course you do! Whether you’re planning to write a Memoir with a capital “M," want to craft stand-alone essays, or simply want to get your memorable stories onto the page for posterity, you should come to the Mini Memoir Sessions. This guided narrative nonfiction storytelling workshop series will help you get started (and get focused), teach you how to structure your stories, and give you the tips, techniques, and knowledge to make the most pivotal moments of your life riveting for readers. PS--Our bonus session tackles the submission process if the thought of sharing your stories makes you swoon. 

Session 1—What’s your story? In this session, we’ll map out your story arc, identify themes, and explore subplots. 

Session 2—Tell a story through an object. Whether it’s your mom’s engagement ring, or the family dictionary, objects hold the residue of our lives, and they tell a story. 

Session 3—Who are your characters? Think about the people who have impacted your life, identify the scenarios in which you shared a pivotal moment, we'll spend some time exploring what happened directly before, directly after, or in that moment. 

Session 4—How to pitch and publish your story.  We’ll talk about how to identify markets, decide which are best for your particular story, and walk through the process of crafting, submitting, and following up on a pitch.

Sundays: 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24

Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Type of Class: Adult Series -- 3 Sessions + 1 Bonus  

Instructor:  Amanda Avutu is a nonfiction writer whose essays have appeared in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, Atlanta MagazineThe Bitter Southerner, Tin House, and Brevity. Her fiction has appeared in Green Mountains Review, Fifth Wednesday, Story, and her dresser drawer. Amanda lives in Atlanta, where she’s currently working on a memoir.