Intermediate/Advanced Memoir Writing
Explore, execute and refine the elements of your memoir in this workshop. Using examples from bestselling memoirs as teaching points, you will determine how to present, revise and strengthen your story. We will address “truth,” voice, point-of-view and narrative elements such as character arcs and writing “place” to make your story sing.
This is a hands-on, engaged course. Inside the classroom, participants will be expected to pay as much attention to their colleagues’ work as to their own, though there is no requirement or expectation to read anyone else’s work at home. Writers may bring in up to five pages each week to share with others around the table. The goal is to help strengthen and polish your story.
Note: You will have to submit pages for instructor approval prior to joining this class, and you should be well-read in the memoir genre. (Memoir writers new to the table are welcome in Writing Your Memoir, Level One, here).
Maximum six students.
Instructor and Fairfield County Writers’ Studio co-founder Carol Leonetti Dannhauser is a journalist and editor who specializes in telling non-fiction stories and whose students’ memoirs have earned national acclaim including Best Beach Read, the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Readers’ Favorite Five-Star Award, USA Best Book Awards, American Medical Writers Award, Indie Excellent Finalist Book Award, Best Self-Help/Indie Award and more.
Carol’s work appears in print, online and on television. She has written for national publications including the New York Times, American Health, BusinessWeek, Good Housekeeping and more; produced documentaries for PBS and National Geographic; and has been recognized by the White House for her online magazine work. She is the author of four non-fiction books; has been nominated for three Emmys; and has a closet full of awards for her magazine, television and newspaper stories, as well as her flash fiction and photography.
Carol was selected as a Master Teaching Artist (Writing) by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and founded the Writers’ Workshop of Fairfield in 2001. She holds two bachelors’ degrees from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in journalism from Columbia University.
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