Emily Grosvenor “Structuring Your Memoir”
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point
“Structuring Your Memoir”
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free to members, $10.00 visitors
Structure is the backbone of story. As a genre, memoir opens up perhaps the widest avenues for structure of any book-length form. Structure may be an aspect of writing every memoirist must grapple with, indeed, what most memoirists struggle with, but it is the very thing so few memoir writers talk about. Come for a funny and easy-to-understand breakdown of approaches to structuring the memoir. You’ll leave this talk with new eyes for structuring your own work and with tools for tackling your big, beautiful project.
Workshop: “Writing the Pivotal Scenes”
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $25.00 for members, $30.00 for guests ($35 for whole day)
Scenes are the building blocks of structure. Ignore them and readers feel like you are talking at them more than telling a story. Master them and your readers will feel like they are experiencing your life along with you. In this talk, which will incorporate scenes from successful commercial memoirs, we will look at your own lives and flesh out some pivotal scenes — moments where everything changed in an instant.
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About Our Speaker:
As an award-winning reporter, travel writer and essayist, Emily Grosvenor has written about octogenarian farmers who mow labyrinths in the grass, the secrets of the Oregon State Hospital, a runway model-turned salumi artist, a toddler with an Oedipus complex, and what it is like to be a super sniffer living in the fragrant American West. Her passion for capturing place, for sketching scenes, for discovering people, and for always finding the meaning of being a stranger in a strange land, has led her to frequent work for publications like The Atlantic, Sunset, AAA Via, Portland Monthly, Salon.com, Design*Sponge, Good Housekeeping and Publishers Weekly. An evangelist for the power of the sense of smell, she lives in McMinnville, OR, where she writes the Tiny Travels short memoir column. She is founder of the Scent in Literature Project.