Memoirs have the ability to turn deeply personal experiences into ones that are universally felt and understood by readers.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to find the story you want to tell—the one that will draw your readers closer to you—and how to set expectations for what you wish to achieve. You will walk away with tools to help guide you throughout the process of writing your memoir, including how to write with truth when memory is fallible; how to identify whether a piece is yours to share (or not); and how to use each of your senses creatively to support your practice. We will also discuss the ethics of writing about people in your life and how memoir writing is an endeavour that requires writers to take care of themselves (as well as those around you). Writing prompts will provide the opportunity to write and share your work during each session.
About the instructor: Joanne Gallant is a writer and nurse whose debut book, A Womb in the Shape of a Heart: My Story of Miscarriage and Motherhood, won the 2022 John and Margaret Savage First Book Award. Her pieces have been published in Oh Reader Magazine and Mutha Magazine, and her book reviews have been featured in The Miramichi Reader. She was a reader for the 2022 CBC nonfiction prize and the judge for the Nova Writes H.R. (Bill) Percy Creative Non-fiction prize. She lives in Halifax with her family, where she works and writes in her house by the sea.
Recommended experience level: New and emerging memoir writers (About recommended experience levels)
Dates of 4-week workshop: Tuesdays, Mar 21 + Mar 28 + Apr 4 + Apr 11, 2023 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)
Non-member price: $214 (includes 2023 General Membership in WFNS)
2023 member price: $149