Shaping Your Life Stories into A Memoir of Personal Essays with Jan Smith

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Thursday, Oct 12th - 2017

6:00 pm-8:30 pm - General $200, SOMOS Members $175



Memoir Workshop with Jan Smith MFA & Director of SOMOS

Thursdays, October 12th through November 16th, 2017 – 6-8:30 pm

Successful writing requires both an engaging narrative comprised of scenes with dialogue, description, characters, action, a setting, and use of the senses, as well as imbedding themes that are universally resonant. In this six week class we will discuss how to mold your nonfiction stories into an arc that transforms your main character(s) from the beginning to the end—whether you are writing a full-length memoir or personal essays. To maintain a reader’s interest all stories must answer not only the “where, what, who, and when” of the event(s) but most importantly address the “why.” Why you are writing this story? Why will reading your prose matter to others? The sessions will focus on lecture, discussion, and opportunities for participants to read their writing with instructor and peer feedback.

Jan Smith has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, has been the curator of the SOMOS Summer/Winter Writers Series from 2009-2017(with the exception of Winter ’16), and is currently the Executive Director of SOMOS. She is a 2012 recipient of an award from Southwest Writers for her short story, “Breasts,” and a 2014 first place award winner for an excerpt from her memoir,” Blink Like Crazy.”


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