Writing Your Memoir: Level One
The decision to write memoir can be both exhilarating and paralyzing. You know your story has value but all you can see are the obstacles ahead. “What will my family think?” “What if I’m afraid to write about my worst moments?” “How do I even begin?”
You start here, with this workshop. Author and instructor Sophfronia Scott will gently guide you through a process to help you first grasp the story you want to tell and then shape it into a page-turner readers will want to read. You’ll learn how to develop scenes, create a sense of place, communicate voice, and put fully formed personality and character into your work. You’ll also learn how to be a reporter and researcher of your own life to help you either round out the facts or find vital missing pieces.
The class will read excerpts from published memoirs and workshop student writing each week. The goal of the course is for you to understand the mechanics of memoir and use those tools to generate material that will eventually become a first draft manuscript.
Sophfronia Scott has more than 20 years of experience as a professional writer. She honed her craft working with some of the toughest editors in the world during her career at Time and People magazines. There she developed the uncanny ability to whittle massive amounts of facts and ideas into a single cohesive, compelling form. When she published her first novel, “All I Need to Get By,” with St. Martin’s Press, one prominent reviewer referred to Sophfronia as potentially “one of the best writers of her generation.”
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard and an MFA in writing (fiction, and creative nonfiction) from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Sophfronia now focuses on writing novels, short stories, and essays and her work has appeared in journals such as Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Saranac Review, Ruminate, Numéro Cinq, Mid-American Review, Barnstorm Literary Journal and Sleet Magazine in addition to More, NewYorkTimes.com, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Sophfronia teaches Revise and Edit Your Work: From Punctuation to Publication and In the Garden of Memory: Art of the Essay. Find out more about Sophfronia on her website, www.Sophfronia.com.