August 17, 2015: Meeting with Melissa Hart

Your Life in Print: How to Write and Sell Short Memoir
Presented by Melissa Hart

Melissa HartWe’ll begin by looking at published examples of short memoir in magazines and newspapers. From there, participants will learn how to identify compelling topics and themes from their own lives, and how to structure a short memoir. Through brief writing exercises, in an interactive and lively setting, we’ll talk about how to identify just the right editor and pitch and sell the piece. Melissa will take questions throughout.

Melissa Hart is the author of the memoirs Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons, 2014) and Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009). She’s a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine, and her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, High Country News, Orion, and numerous other publications. She lives in Eugene. Visit for more.

This is an opportunity to gain some valuable insight into the art and business of memoir, so mark your calendar!

Meeting Time

Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:30-8:30 PM

Meeting Place

Dennis Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St., Corvallis, OR 97333.

Meeting Format

  • 6:30-6:45 – Networking
  • 6:45-8:15 – WWotR News and Announcements followed by the Program
  • 8:15-8:30 – Networking and Speaker’s Book Sales