August 2nd – September 13th – (7:30 pm evening classes Thursdays)
Throughout the ages, humans have used stories to encode and decode the meaning of life. Now, in modernity, as the Memoir Revolution matures, more of us than ever are discovering the stories embedded in our own experience. By finding the words to describe our lives, we convert our psychological tension into art. By doing so, we inform others and heal ourselves.
While mysteries are about detectives solving murders, and thrillers are about heroes stopping villains, memoirs are about the enormous potential of the human spirit to find truth in the midst of psychological chaos.
In this course, Jerry Waxler, therapist, author and memoir expert, will guide you through the simple steps of developing a memoir by using the raw material of your own experience.
What you’ll learn:
To sort out and make sense of your memories by shaping them into Story.
The simple universal definition of Story that will help you re-envision your own life.
How the craft of story structure provides a framework for the path of self-development.
How to use narrative art to shift your focus from pain to courage.
How “finding your words” is crucial for a healing, whole life.
How to find the emotional glue that links your experiences together into the compelling forward motion of a story.
How your best story will describe the journey to your best self.
How Memoir writing and reading helps you find your voice.
How reading and writing memoirs establishes true social connection among the sea of cultural and individual differences.
How the heroic mission at each life stage propels readers on a powerful journey of their own.
How grieving is the foundation for a powerful story about renewal.
A step by step guide to transforming your memories into mind-shifting books through:
- Focus, Determination, and Accountability
- Gathering anecdotes
- Building scenes
- Recognizing the engine of story: “desire-obstacle-overcome-grow”
- Identifying the heroic mission across a swath of your experience
- Finding the wisdom in your story to lead the reader toward a powerful conclusion
- Writing the first draft
These are just a few of the psychological insights you will gain by researching and developing your own memoir in this ground breaking course.
Open to Writers of All Levels.
Course Dates: August 2nd- September 30th- (7:30 pm evening classes Thursdays)
Jerry Waxler M.S. is a workshop leader and writing coach, with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. He is the author of The Memoir Revolution: A Social Shift that Uses Your Story to Heal, Connect, and Inspire, How to Become a Heroic Writer, a self-help workbook to show you how to start and stay writing, and his own memoir Thinking My Way to the End of the World, about finding his truth in the sixties. Jerry leads a variety of groups to encourage peer support among memoir writers, and teaches writing at Northampton Community College.
First, you must complete the Workshop Request information and payment process at our shop.
You will receive an automatic confirmation of your order.
Your workshop instructor will e-mail you to introduce themselves within 10 business days about the workshop starting information and instructions for accessing the learning platform.
Wow is all I have at the moment. I read your email about five minutes after its arrival but had to gather my thoughts before responding. Two of these pieces have gone through so many iterations (including possible incineration) that I think I submitted them in a brain fog. I concur with your comments and would like a chance to tidy up a couple of other things before sending them back your way.
Thanks again for all of your amazing feedback; I’m still reeling from it. -S.
Thank you so much for your feedback; I have taken the introduction, made suggested revisions, and resubmitted the piece on (e.t.) as a stand alone essay. I am so thankful for your suggestions and time. —S.B.
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There is a cancellation fee of 15% included in each registration. Memoir Magazine will not issue a refund if a cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the class start time.
Memoir Magazine University cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.
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