How to Write a Full-Length Memoir
with Joyce Maynard
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01 Introduction to Workshop16:25
07 Be a Filmmaker15:24
Class duration: 5h 8mSee all 25 lessons
About The Class
Transform Your Complex Life into a Compelling Narrative
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You don’t have to be a famous celebrity to have a story worth sharing. And you don’t need to have a long life full of significant events and intriguing encounters. To write a compelling memoir, you just need to highlight your most unique, interesting or transformative experiences—the moments in your life that really matter.
Master memoirist and bestselling author Joyce Maynard is the ideal person to show you how to take your life story and transform it into a fascinating book that gets published and finds an audience.
You’ll begin by identifying the major themes of your life and which one you want to explore. Then you’ll figure out who your characters are and their motivations, what the conflict of the story is, and how it will ultimately be resolved. Maynard will use both her own books and the work of students in the live audience to illustrate the writing process, giving you both the tools and the inspiration you need to translate your life into a fascinating memoir.
In this class, you’ll learn how to:
- Figure out where and how to begin and not feel overwhelmed.
- Identify the difference between “What happened?” and “What did it mean?”
- Eliminate the parts of your story that don’t belong and focus on the big emotional moments that changed you.
- Write about the small events that support the overarching story.
- Maintain your point of view and not lose sight of your real story.
- Stop worrying about hurting or alienating someone in your life or yourself.
- End your memoir—when your own life isn’t over yet.
Introduction to Workshop16:25
But….My Life Isn’t That Exciting09:50
Great Memoirs & Why they Sell09:21
At Home In the World07:24
Memory & Research07:28
Point of Entry for Your Story06:30
Be a Filmmaker15:24
The Landing Place for Your Story08:29
Connect with Your Audience - Human Stories10:50
Respect the Reader's Intelligence17:15
Identifying Your Theme14:31
The Ariel View29:43
What is My Story About?27:05
When You Aren't Used to be Being Centre of Attention19:28
Be Lady Godiva26:24
How I Wrote My Memoir08:06
Step One: Not Writing03:17
The Big Idea20:06
Point of Entry : Aerial View11:16
Writing a Scene04:33
How to Show the Passing of Time in your Writing03:22
The More Happens, the Less that Needs to be Said06:24
You're Not Always the Hero04:27
The Internal Landing Place10:06
100% of students recommend this class.
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Joyce is amazing, I got so much out of this class, thank you so much :)
It's a great course! Very recommended!
A master class on how to write a compelling memoir that gets to the core of your truth and delivers an emotional punch for your readers. Joyce is engaging, knowledgeable, and practical. She has a particular genius for finding the best hidden story within the summaries each student provides in class. Must-see for any memoir writer.
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