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Memoir Writing with Master Memoirist Adair Lara

Voice applied to a story—that’s a memoir. Nail not just the story but the voice of your memoir in this full-day workshop of hands-on exercises.

Adair will help you shed your inhibitions in order to craft a compelling memoir…and give you tips on getting it published!

We’ll cover:

  • Creating an interesting personality on the page. 
  • What to minimize, what to heighten, what goes in and what doesn’t.
  • How to detach from the story even though it happened to you.
  • We want more narration, less scene.  I’ll tell you why.
  • Using prompts to find your voice.
  • The art of asking yourself questions: What didn’t you notice? Who were you with and what comfy set of beliefs were you operating under? 
  • Publishing your memoir: No one will believe that a great voice comes from the author of a dull query letter 

There will be a break for lunch but it will not be provided. Please consider bringing a sack lunch.

Adair Lara is a multi-talented writer, respected writing teacher, and award-winning journalist known for the twice-weekly column she wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, Parenting, Glamour, Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, American Woman, Departures, Westways, American Way, Via, Fitness, Good Housekeeping, More and many other magazines and newspapers. She is the author of several books including the memoir, Hold Me Close, Let Me Go and the cult favorite,Naked, Drunk and Writing, a funny and practical guide to essay and memoir. Her work has been praised by Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Dorothy Allison, and Isabel Allende, among others.


Refunds - If you need to withdraw from a class please contact us as soon as possible. To receive a full refund you must cancel at least 10 days prior to the course date.


Members $240
Public $280
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4th Floor Meeting Room
Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103
Register now by using the form below or calling 415-393-0101.

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