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Memoir Workshop: How to Write a Book about your Life

April 21, 2017 : 3:00 pm - April 23, 2017 : 12:30 pm

Memoir Workshop: How to Write a Book about your Life

April 21 3pm – to April 23 12:30pm

Class Description: Have you ever wanted to write a book about your life? This class focuses on the art of writing and publishing your personal memoir. Topics include: 1. How do I choose which parts of my life to write about, and how do I put them together in story form? 2. How do I remember all the details? 3. What if someone else remembers my story differently than I do? 4. What is “truth” anyway, and how can I trust mine? 5. Can I write about someone else, especially if it’s negative? 6. What is “good” writing? 7. How do I create believable dialogue? 8. How do I overcome writers’ block? 9. Do I need a literary agent? 10. How do I find a publisher for my work? 11. How can I effectively market and sell my book?

Facilitator Bio: Christal Presley’s first book, <Thirty Days with My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD>, was published by Health Communications, Inc. in November 2012, and has received critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly and writers like Nikki Giovanni and Lee Smith. It has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, NBC, Fox News, NPR, Canada AM, and more. Christal has been a visiting author at LaGrange University and The University of North Georgia, a speaker at The University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill, a consultant to the Military Family Clinic at New York University‚Äôs Langone Medical Center, and a speaker at mental health conferences, veterans and civic organizations, and classrooms around the country. She has also been a creative writing instructor at Emory Continuing Education at Emory University.

Christal grew up in Honaker, Virginia, and currently divides her time between Social Circle, Georgia, and Meadows of Dan, Virginia. She is the founder of United Children of Veterans, a website that provides resources about PTSD in children of war veterans. In her spare time, you can find Christal playing with her dogs, tending to her chickens and pot belly pig, and gardening. And of course, reading and writing too.

If you are interested, call 540-745-6363 to reserve your space.

The cost of this workshop is $120 per person for the weekend PLUS the cost of lodging. Breakfast on Saturday, lunch on Saturday, and Sunday breakfast are served free of charge.


April 21, 2017 : 3:00 pm
April 23, 2017 : 12:30 pm
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