Brooke Warner How to Write a Memoir that Moves Readers and Captures Publishers’ Attention $99
There is much to know about the craft of memoir—and in this master class, you’ll be treated to memoir expert Brooke Warner’s enthusiasm for the genre and its craft. Yes, memoir is about storytelling, but it’s so much more than that. Here you’ll get a recap and a deep dive into why it’s important to think about your memoir as a series of scenes, and why theme needs to be an early consideration. This class also covers character/ characterization, flashback and memory, and narration (including voice, tracking time, and transitions), and the all-important craft of reflection and takeaway, leaving students with the most important skillset beyond storytelling, which is the ability to discern and deliver what really matters onto the page.
In this workshop, Brooke—author of three books about memoir, and three other books on writing and publishing—will teach students:
- How to write a scene—where to start and end them, how to track them, and why to think of them as the foundation of your story.
- How memoir reads like fiction—with characterization, flashbacks, and narration that focuses on telling a good story.
- How memoir is different than fiction, particularly when it comes to reflection and takeaway, the heart of memoir.
- Why there’s so much more to memoir than just “what happened” and how to track the universal moments of resonance for readers.
- How to think about their own story as commercial and salable, even if it’s very specific and very niche, for the sake of thinking through what will move readers and capture publishers’ interest.
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 (Write-minded with co-host Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo), and the former Executive Editor of Seal Press. She currently sits on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Bay Area Book Festival, and the National Association of Memoir Writers. She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly.