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PRE-SUMMER SAMPLER: I Want to Write a Memoir. Now What?

Mondays, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET, June 17 and 24
Carol Dannhauser
2 sessions, $110. Limited to seven participants. (Can be taken in-person or on Zoom.)

Living through a transformational event can be hard enough; often, writing about it can seem equally challenging. How do you do it?

There are myriad ways, from writing personal essays, to chronicling snippets of memories, to writing full-on, full-length books. What best suits you, your story and your writing? How do you craft pieces about yourself with the elements needed for a compelling narrative?

This two-week pre-summer sampler will help you figure that out.

Whether you’re new to the table, have an idea you’d like to develop, or have already written part of your story, master teacher and writer Carol Dannhauser can help you map out what’s next and how to get there in this mini workshop. You will learn basic elements of memoir writing including plotting, voice, theme, scene construction, backstory and more. You will get a jump-start on crafting a compelling plot or structure for your piece, which you can work on at your own pace over the summer, and then be ready to jump into more serious work in the fall. 

Carol is a writer 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; 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 work, as well as her flash fiction and photography. She was designated and trained as a Master Teaching Artist (Writing) by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and is co-founder of the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio.

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