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Memoir Mapping: Steps to Ready You for Writing Your Book

A 4-Day Intensive Generative Workshop for Women

with Christine Fadden

WHEN: Saturday, May 16 through Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Saturday through Monday: 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. 
*30-minute one-on-one Outline V02 Sessions 5/19 after 1:00 PST

WHERE: Online 
COST: $500 

Workshop is limited to six people. You are encouraged to apply early.

CONTACT & RESISTER: Christine at cfaddenwriting@gmail.com

REFUNDS: If you need to cancel, you may do so up to May 1, 2020, for a return of all but $75. After May 1, you will receive a refund only if we are able to fill your spot.

“You should write a book,” they said. 

“I don’t have time,” you said. “And besides, it’s hard to write and I don’t know where to begin.

Enter a pandemic. The world draws together under one roof (of containment) and all structure as it was known falls away. Everyone who told us B. C. (Before Covid-19) that we should write a book called (instead of texting) and said, “You should write that book now! You have all the time in the world. Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague.”

Sigh. 

It is hard, under normal circumstances, to begin writing a book. And time? Right now, it is fair to say it’s a blur. Everyone bursting to bring their passion to life in a fortnight deserves applause, and compassion; but, as many writers know, to spark and sustain the energy to write a book requires planning, persistence, patience, and practice. 

“Understand that this is a marathon,” Aisha Ahmad wrote on March 27, 2020, in her article “Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure.” She continued, “If you sprint at the beginning, you will vomit on your shoes by the end of the month.”

Writing a book is a marathon. So, let’s warm up together and stretch our imagination, virtually. While sheltering at home, let’s draw up a map of the book we want to write so that our bearings are in focus and our path is plotted out. Let’s high-five ourselves to the starting line. 

Course Expectations

This workshop is open to anyone who wants to write a memoir, and has no idea how or where to begin. Writing experience is not required, but a love of reading is expected. We will study and discuss other memoirists’ passages and tools. 

If you’ve got seven hundred iterations of an outline, great, but leave them in a drawer. We will be coming to “the workshop table” as blank slates, starting fresh and anew, with open ears and minds. 

You will generate, share, and revise material online and at home.

We will work in an environment of mutual respect, sharing the stage and giving one another thoughtful and relevant feedback. 

Course Takeaways 

  • A deeper understanding of your story’s purpose, arc, and potential
  • A full first draft of a book outline
  • A tag line, an elevator pitch, and a 1-page synopsis of your book
  • A full first draft of a single chapter overview 
  • A realization (and a welcome acceptance) that everything you draft and plan at the start of the book writing process is subject to change as you work your way through memory

Christine Fadden

Christine Fadden is an award-winning full-time writer, editor, and manuscript consultant. She has collaborated on over two-dozen books, with a focus on memoir, group psychology, and mindful leadership. Her first novel is out on query, and currently, she is working on a collection of essays centered around aging and processing loss through observing brutality, beauty, and change in nature. Since graduating from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Christine has received fellowships from Artist Trust, Playa Arts and Science Residency, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Jentel Artists’ Residency, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and Djerassi (2014). She currently resides on the Olympic Peninsula, where she enjoys swimming, hiking, playing pétanque, running, and reading.

Thank you!

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