Everyone has a story. What’s yours? Whether it’s a fish-tale worthy of giggling grandkids, a personal essay you’d like to publish, or the seed of book-length memoir, this workshop will help you identify, structure, and craft your story. Unlike the all-encompassing autobiography, a memoir zeroes in on a specific theme or facet of your life. It uses all the fundamental aspects of literary storytelling – scenes, dialogue, characters, and narrative arc – distilling your vast experience into a potent thread. Brief in-class writing exercises will help you overcome any blocks or fears about filling the blank page, and you’ll learn to embrace the rough draft for all its glorious imperfections. Between classes, you’ll have time to work on slightly longer writing assignments. You’ll learn how to supplement (and fact-check) your own memories with facts and details culled from research. You’ll study the architecture of a story, and figure out which structure works best for yours. We’ll discuss techniques for revising your own work and set aside time for peer feedback in a collaborative and supportive workshop environment. Depending on the length of your piece, you may finish the course with a completed essay or the blueprint of a longer work and the tools with which to complete it.
This is a 6-week workshop that will meet on the following Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 PM:
Author of the New York Times Best-Selling WHAT STANDS IN A STORM, Kim Cross is a freelance writer and journalist specializing in meticulously reported literary nonfiction. After more than a decade as an editor and staff writer Southern Living, Cooking Light, and other publications, she quit her job to freelance full time for Outside, ESPN, Garden & Gun, Southwest magazine, Bicycling, Bike, and other magazines. Her fishing memoir, The King of Tides, was anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing 2016 and won a gold Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers. What Stands in a Storm was the inaugural winner of the Fitzgerald Museum Literary Prize and the American Society of Journalists and Authors Book Award. A Barnes & Noble “Discover” pick, it was named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2015 and was a finalist in the GoodReads Choice Awards.
Learn more about Kim at her website, http://www.kimhcross.com/.