Mondays: November 5, November 19, December 3, December 17
TIME: 10:30AM – NOON
LOCATION: Open Book Bookstore
You have a story to tell. Maybe it’s your life story, or maybe it’s just a certain time in your life, or a crucial and momentous incident in your life. Either way, you want to write this story down and you want to share it with others.
But how to make your story into a compelling narrative that draws the interest of readers? What narrative voice should you use? How will you structure your story? And what if your story includes the lives of others – what to do then?
This four-session bi-weekly class will deal with many of the crucial aspects of memoir writing. We will begin by discussing overarching issues such as motivation, structure, and voice. We will look at how to address the challenges of writing a longterm and personal writing project such as memoir. Participants will receive practical tips and
advice on how to improve their memoir projects.
NOTE FOR RETURN STUDENTS: In this session of the class, we will move more into a workshop format, where members of the group will plan to share their material ahead of time and the group will comment on the work of participants during the meeting. We will look at specific elements of writing, including sentence structure, tone, voice, and chronology.
The class will incorporate writing exercises; bring your favored writing tools!
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Lynn Rosen is the co-owner of Open Book Bookstore, located in Elkins Park, PA, just north of Philadelphia. She runs Open Book’s extensive program of classes, workshops, and events for readers and writers. Lynn is a long-time book publishing industry professional with many years of experience as an editor, literary agent, Instructor, and author. She teaches writing and publishing classes at Open Book, and has been a professor at Drexel University, Temple University, Rosemont College, and numerous other academic institutions. Previously, Lynn was Editorial Director of Book Business magazine, and Director of Graduate Publishing Programs at Rosemont College. She has served as Editorial Director at Peter Pauper Press, as Senior Editor at Running Press and, earlier in her career, as an Editor in the Trade Division of Ballantine Books. In 1991, Lynn launched Leap First, an independent literary agency, which she ran until 1999. She is the author of Elements of the Table: A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests (Clarkson Potter). Lynn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an Honors degree in English, and holds a Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. More information about Lynn’s background is available HERE.
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