Note from the Director: This workshop was offered in 2017. Learn more about this year’s workshops.
Getting Started with Memoir Workshop
Writing workshop in New Jersey
January 13-16, 2017
Led by Amanda Morris
Everybody has a story to tell. It does not need to be earth-shattering to be compelling; it just needs to be well written. We will start with a “snapshot” of memory—a recalled taste, sound, texture or smell—and learn to make it rich with sensory details, well-chosen words and a clear point of view. After looking at short memoir excerpts, we’ll discuss how these authors create dialogue, move around in time or capture a sense of place. Then we’ll work on exercises designed to tap into our memories, experiences and ideas, practice new storytelling techniques and learn how fictional tools help the memoir writer. As we share our developing stories, we will also discuss how to expand them into publishable pieces.
*Limited to just 10 participants.*
“Amanda Morris is an excellent teacher in that she gives individual attention and zero’s in on what would help you the most. She packs a lot of information into each class and challenges her students while encouraging them at the same time. This is my second year in her workshop and I feel she advanced my writing.”
~ Susan, Newtown, PA
Amanda Morris is a writer, scholar, adventurer and traveler. She spent a decade as a freelance journalist before turning her passion to teaching. Her extensive publication credits include a former column in Writer’s Digest, called “Freelance Success,” addressing the issues freelance writers face. In addition to leading writing workshops and coaching writers on how to get published, Amanda is Associate Professor at Kutztown University. Her recent writing has been published in Teaching Tolerance, Bitch Flicks, Feministing, Noodle, Garden Rant and more. She has also written for Lifetime TV. Fun fact: Amanda finished defending her doctoral dissertation on her 40th birthday, proving you are never too old to go back to school. She spends her free time cooking, fishing, gardening and is working on visiting all 50 states (she’s currently achieved 41). Visit her website: amandamorrisphd.com or read an essay by Amanda: “Funeral for a Childhood.”