This is a two-part workshop. In the first session we will discuss what a memoir is and how it differs from an autobiography or journal. We’ll cover how the conventions of fiction can be used in memoir-writing, how one should consider audience and the memoir in a larger context, as well as pitfalls. Participants will have the opportunity to write their own five-minute memoirs (which they may choose to share or not). The session will run approximately and hour-and-a-half. In the week between sessions, participants will use what they’ve learned in the first to craft a short memoir, which may be based on the five-minute memoir—or not. In the second session, participants should be prepared to share their work and provide feedback on that of others. Additionally, the second session will allow for time to revise and hone the memoir, with feedback from the instructor.
Linda B. Adams is an Acquisitions Technician at the Owen D. Young Library at St. Lawrence University. Previously, she was Director of the Gouverneur Public Library, where she wore many hats. One of them was running writing programs for teens and tweens. She holds an M.A. in English and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. In 2017, she helped write the script for a WPBS production which won a Muse Creativity Award. She was recently a guest speaker in Central New York to promote the latest installment of WPBS’s Folklore & Frost series: Spirits of Sylvan Beach, for which she wrote a large portion of the script. In her spare time she writes stories, novels, and scripts that she hopes will keep people up at night. You can follow her on Twitter: @lindabwriter.
This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.