Your Own Story:
An Introduction to Memoir and Personal Narrative Writing

A 3-hour Zoom workshop
led by Lisa Yarger

Sunday, 1 Nov.
from 13:00 to 17:00

with a one-hour break between 14:30 and 15:30

Cost: 30€*

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We'll start this workshop by exploring memoir and personal narrative forms.
How are they similar? How do they differ?
Next, you'll select a particular story from your life that you want to tell.
You'll examine your motivations for telling this story,
as well as the relationship between the self in the story
and the self telling the story.
You'll try out some playful exercises to help you
begin to focus your story and craft your narrative voice.

Before the workshop, you'll be asked to read a short piece of memoir
and a short piece of personal narrative for us to discuss together.

To register, send an email to Lisa at

Feedback from past participants:

"It gave me a new angle on writing about myself and lots of stimulation."

"I liked the readings and talking about them, the listening exchange, and being surprised by things that turned up, such as the reflections of the other participants, and my own ideas springing up from nowhere."

"Despite the difficulties of being online, Lisa is good at fostering communication and learning. I like how she works to make sure all can speak."

“The idea of becoming a character creates a nice distance from the more squishy inner parts of self that don't want to be exposed to public view, meaning it's also possible to fudge a bit. Very helpful and freeing."

"The writing exercises we did expanded my openness towards writing more personal essays and short memoir pieces."
"I liked getting the juices flowing and the inspiration from the readings, other participants, and within."

"I really liked the free-writing exercises. The prompts helped me stumble upon some themes and some influences in my life that I hadn't really considered."

"I like that it was a mixture of writing exercises, discussing very well curated readings, and guidance from Lisa. It was very well balanced and I liked that variety a lot."

Lisa Yarger is the author of the award-winning book,
Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship
(University of North Carolina Press).

* A lower rate is available for people with reduced means.