How to Write an Overview of Your Memoir
Genres: Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir
A good memoir overview might be the hardest working few hundred words you'll ever write. You can adapt your overview for query letters, book proposals, an author website, and your book's back cover and product pages. We will look at examples of spectacular overviews that draw readers in and quickly give them a sense of the story's arc and larger significance. And you will have time to try their techniques in class and discuss the art of selling our stories.
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Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008). Nestor's essays have appeared numerous places including the New York Times, Seattle Times, and the Rumpus.
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