Introduction to Memoir: Write What You Know

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Everyone has a natural writer within, and everyone has something meaningful to say. If you have a personal or family story to tell and are feeling the call to write but are not sure how to get going, start here. This interactive workshop will explore the art and craft of memoir writing and include writing exercises to help you narrow your focus, be authentic, and take readers on an emotional journey of the heart.

Susan Pohlman is the founder and director of The Phoenix Writers Network. She is a freelance writer, editor, writing coach, and workshop facilitator based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her essays have been published in a variety of print and online outlets. She is the author of the memoir Halfway to Each Other, the winner of the Relationships category and runner-up in the Memoir category in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It was shortlisted for the 2010 Inspy Awards. She is presently working on a second memoir and a MG novel. She has written six short films. The Misadventures of Matilda Mench won best screenplay in the 2010 Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project and the 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award for best Independent Fiction Short. The Pen won best screenplay in the 2011 Baltimore 48. For more information visit Susan at her website.

This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.