In this memoir workshop, we will explore how to begin telling your story and review examples of the different ways that a story can be told. Will it be a travelogue or will it focus on major events that influenced your life? Or will it be about a relationship with a loved one?

Time: eight Mondays, 18:00 to 20:00

Duration: 30 September - 25 November, 2019

Location: Atwater Library and Computer Centre—1200 Atwater Avenue, Westmount, Quebec View map

Description

All levels are welcome. Limited to 12 participants.

Please note: This workshop is sold out but we are now operating a waiting list. Please do sign up if you are interested and we’ll let you know if a place becomes available. Waiting list places are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Isabel Allende confessed, “I write to preserve memory against the erosion of oblivion and to bring people together.”  

Every life is a story, and when we write that story, we not only preserve it but share the joys and disappointments, the heartaches and the triumphs, and most importantly, the lessons learnt.

Memoir, by its nature, is more concerned with the emotional truth of occurrences and moments from a life, as opposed to biography, which is more often focused on factual or chronological events.

In this memoir workshop, we will explore how to begin telling your story and review examples of the different ways that a story can be told. Will it be a travelogue or will it focus on major events that influenced your life? Or will it be about a relationship with a loved one? These are just a few possibilities.

A portion of each session will be set aside for writing exercises based on prompts to help unlock the confidence you need to shape your story, and to share your writing. 

As an adjunct, a recommended reading list of traditional and innovative memoirs will be provided, and participants will be encouraged to review and share their favourite styles.

Please note that there will be no meeting on Monday, October 14.

Workshop leader

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Short-story writer and former penguin-herder, Gina Roitman is the author of the auto-fiction collection Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth and co-author of the biography Midway to China and Beyond. She has written the memoirs of two Holocaust survivors and her work has aired on CBC radio and appeared in various anthologies and poetry collections, including most recently, Wherever I Find Myself, The New Spice Box, and Poetica. Gina, the subject and co-producer of the award-winning documentary film (2013), “My Mother, the Nazi Midwife and Me” is currently completing work on her first novel.

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