Building the Arc of an Idea in Your Memoir

with Katherine E. Standefer

Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir

Online

Intermediate, Advanced

1 Session

Start Date: April 30, 2023
End Date: April 30, 2023
Day of Week: Sunday
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm PT
Capacity: 20 seats
2 seats left!
Member Price: $135.00
General Price: $150.00

In powerful memoirs, the author doesn't just give a play-by-play of events—they use their story to build an idea. In this workshop, writers will identify the reckonings at the center of their book, write into the moments that evolved their views, brainstorm other artists whose work scaffolded this evolution, and assess whether their thinking is developed enough yet. Through generative, directive writing prompts and rich conversation, you'll leave with a deeper relationship to the meaning-making process of your memoir.

Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

Katherine E. Standefer

Katherine E. Standefer

she/her

Katherine E. Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life (Little, Brown Spark 2020), which was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction, an NYT Book Review Editor’s Choice, and shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Lightning Flowers was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, on the goop podcast, and in O, The Oprah Magazine, and People Magazine. Standefer earned her MFA at the University of Arizona. Her writing appeared in The Best American Essays 2016 and won the 2015 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction. Standefer was a 2018 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good and a 2017 Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellow at the Mesa Refuge. She currently lives in the Tetons. 

Website: www.KatherineStandefer.com

Social Media: @girlmakesfire

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