Have you been feeling the urge to write a memoir but don’t know how to begin? Or perhaps you’ve already begun writing a memoir and wish to make your text more vivid, engaging, and meaningful to a broad array of readers.
Through readings, discussions, and LOTS of writing, this workshop reveals and gives practice with the magic employed by master memoirists like Joan Didion, Maya Angelou, and Frank McCourt.
Learn how to turn your memoirist’s pen into a magic wand!
AFTERNOON WORKSHOP ON MEMOIR:
Learn the magic of telling the compelling story within you. We’ll discuss and practice key approaches to writing memoir: exploring emotional memories; practicing sensory renderings of character details; using humor to address painful topics; and discovering ways to give our memories the power of specificity.
BIO: Daniel M. Jaffe, an award-winning writer, is the author of dozens of memoir essays and short stories that have appeared in anthologies, literary journals, and newspapers in several countries and languages. Daniel’s new collection of short stories, Jewish Gentle, is just out from Lethe Press. His novel, The Limits of Pleasure (Bear Bones Books, 2010), was a Finalist for a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award when first published in 2001. His fiction chapbook, One-Foot Lover, was Number 1 in the Seven Kitchens Press Editor’s Series in 2009. Daniel compiled and edited With Signs and Wonders: An International Anthology of Jewish Fabulist Fiction (Invisible Cities Press, 2001) and translated the best-selling Russian novel, Here Comes the Messiah! by Dina Rubina (Zephyr Press, 2000).
He teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where he received an Outstanding Instructor Award.