An Examination of a Memoir That Bares the Soul (And Spares No One)
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Class dates (Mondays): April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15
4pm PT | 5pm MT | 6pm CT | 7pm ET
Classes are one hour long and we record all sessions so that you can watch the recordings if you have to miss a class.
EARLY REGISTRATION: $75 through April 17th (are you a WOW or NAMW member? You always get to register for $75!)
Regular registration: $89
Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton, has the kind of elements of pain that most memoirists struggle to write. She grapples with addiction, painful insecurities, her husband’s infidelity, maternal overwhelm, her rocky marriage, and questions about her own lack of sex drive. Tackling a single one of these issues is tough; to expose all of them and handle them with care is enormously brave. In this free webinar, memoir experts Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner will address the fears that invariably come up for writers looking to write their deepest truths and expose their most intimate—and often shameful—secrets. This webinar will address the fallouts too—and touch upon how sharing your truth has a way of both leveling everything and setting you free.
Class 1. Why Theme Is Memoir’s North Star (April 24)
- How theme informs your scenes and why to keep your themes front and center while you write.
- How to use through-threads to highlight your themes.
- Tracking Glennon Doyle Melton’s hard themes of infidelity, eating disorders, and sexual dysfunction juxtaposed against the hopeful ones of healing, commitment, and love.
- Tips for how to think about theme in your own writing, and why nailing down your own themes is the best gift you can give yourself as a memoirist.
Class 2. The Singular Power of a Clear Narrative Voice (May 1)
- Tense in memoir—a look at Glennon’s present-tense writing and how to know which tense is right for you.
- A look at Glennon Doyle Melton’s use of the Voice of Innocence vs Voice of Experience and how to integrate both of these narrative techniques into your own writing.
- The power of sequencing—keeping your reader on track with what you knew when to create a more intimate and compelling narrative.
- Pacing 101—tracking Love Warrior’s timeline and structure to showcase how to control your pacing, and why it matters in good storytelling.
Class 3. Reflection and Takeaway—Bringing Home Why Any of It Matters (May 8)
- Understanding the difference between reflection and takeaway, using examples from Love Warrior.
- Why takeaway can elevate a good memoir to a great memoir.
- How Glennon Doyle Melton uses narration and hindsight to give deeper context to her scenes, and why you can and should too.
- How and where to integrate reflection and takeaway into your own memoir so it’s both seamless and packs a punch.
Class 4. Baring It All and the Fallout (May 15)
- The real-life fallout of writing about intimate and personal topics and family.
- Glennon Doyle Melton in the news following the dissolution of her marriage after writing this memoir—and what she’s had to say about it.
- How to decide what you’re going to share, and how to float test bubbles to see if you’re ready for the consequences.
- The payoff of baring it all.
EARLY REGISTRATION: $75 through April 17th
Regular registration: $89