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Newport: How to Write Memoir

May 20, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Willamette Writers Coast Chapter Presents

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How to Write a Memoir Readers Will Fall in Love With

What is it about memoir that’s drawing more and more writers to the genre? And if you’re thinking about diving in, or have a memoir-in-progress, what do you need to know about the genre to make your story resonant with readers?

Join memoir expert and enthusiast Brooke Warner on Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm. Before registering, read Zoom Details below. This meeting is online only and is free and open to the public.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85626227137?pwd=REZzejJ4cVJaYmI2UEI0L0Z0WDd2UT09

Whether you’re a beginning memoirist or well into your project, this workshop will give you hands-on strategies to deepen your work and, most importantly, write scenes and characters that make readers care.

About Brooke Warner

Brooke brings energy and passion to her teaching of memoir, supporting writers to find ways to make their stories bigger and more meaningful than simply “what happened.”

This workshop guides writers through the most important craft elements: scene, narration, character development/characterization, memory and flashback, reflection and takeaway. And we’ll examine popular memoirs that execute these elements of craft beautifully so that writers grasp how to implement what they learn in their own writing.

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What’s Your Book? and three books on memoir. Brooke is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster (of “Write-minded” with co-host Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo), and the former Executive Editor of Seal Press. She writes a regular column for Publishers Weekly.

The WW Coast Chapter hosts presentations, a mix of in-person and virtual events, from September through June. Willamette Writers, the parent organization of the Coast Chapter, is the largest writer’s association in Oregon and one of the largest in the nation.  Programs are free and open to all writers eighteen and up. There are Young Willamette Writer chapters for those under 18.   Those interested in becoming a member of a chapter and the parent organization, can join Willamette Writers at their website, https://willamettewriters.org.

About your chapter meetings

Willamette Writers meetings are open to all writers, 18 and up. Guests are welcome to make a donation to help support the cost of the meeting (we believe in paying our speakers for their time and skills). This meeting is run by volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Sign Up! Any high school or middle-grade writers are welcome to join us. Sign up for our email list at: http://eepurl.com/hRubBf  A registration link will be sent to our email list before our next meeting.

Zoom Details

You have to be logged into your own personal Zoom account to attend this meeting (to create a FREE account, go to Zoom.us).

Once you are logged in to your own personal zoom account, register for the meeting in the link provided above.

On the day of the meeting, log into your Zoom account and then click the link zoom sent you in your email when you registered with the link above. If you are logged into your personal zoom account, you can also click the link above and register again if you need to. If you have not done this before, we encourage you to try logging in a half hour before the meeting begins. We had to change our meeting access because of a few inappropriate guests, but we want to continue to keep our meetings open to the public.


May 20, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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