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Advanced Memoir -- Craft and Techniques

This is a class co-sponsored by MI and San Francisco Writers Conference/San Francisco Writers Foundation.

There is so much to know about memoir craft -- and in these three hours you’ll be treated to Brooke’s enthusiasm for the genre and its craft. Yes, memoir is about storytelling, but it’s so much more than that. The opening hour will hone in on scene, and how to think about your memoir as a series of scenes, like pearls on a necklace, and why theme needs to be an early consideration when you’re choosing which scenes to include. Hour two will focus on character/characterization, flashback and memory, and narration (including voice, tracking time, and transitions). The final hour will be dedicated to the heart of memoir -- reflection and takeaway -- leaving writers with the most important skillset beyond storytelling, which is the ability to discern and deliver what really matters onto the page.

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What's Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Brooke is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster (Write-minded with co-host Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo), and the former Executive Editor of Seal Press. She currently sits on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Bay Area Book Festival, and the National Association of Memoir Writers. She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly.

For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend your class, please email at least ten days prior to receive a refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.


Mechanics' Institute Members $59
Public $69
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4th Floor Meeting Room
Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103
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