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FREE | Have a story worth telling? Tips for Memoir & Fiction

July 13, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT


How to decide on structure, what to include, what to leave out, and how to get through that first draft

About this event

How This Workshop Will Help You

We’ll talk a lot about MEMOIR, but this question applied equally to novels. We make the mistake of thinking that the secret is A UNIQUE STORY. That’s nice, but not essential. There are common themes in memoir because we share common experiences. If you understand that the key is to write well and add your own personal spin on a common theme, you can do this!

We’ll talk about how to decide on structure, what to include, what to leave out, and how to get through that first draft without tearing out your hair. And if your story is so sensitive that family and friends could react badly, consider turning your memoir into a novel.

What You’ll Do in the Workshop

• Look at popular memoirs to identify themes

• Do writing prompts to unlock memories

• Talk about story structure and character development

• See how the Tools of Fiction make memoirs come to life

Who Should Attend

• Anybody wondering if their stories are worth writing

• Writers looking for new ideas

• New Writers not sure how to get started

• Experienced writers who feel stuck

BONUS OFFER• There will probably be too many participants to share our writing, but you can email your prompts to Myra for personal (free) feedback

About Myra

Myra Levine is on a mission: to make sure that nobody dies with their story still inside them. She shows people how to turn their memories into interesting stories—even novels—with techniques not taught in school. And her classes are FUN. To Myra, writing isn’t about grammar or spelling or knowing where to put the commas; it’s about capturing a moment in a way that brings it to life. As a writing coach, she challenges her clients to dig deeper into their lives to find the germ of an idea that will become a great story, or a dozen great stories, or a terrific novel. Her favorite students fall into two categories: people who are sure they can’t write, and people who are sure they can!

Before turning to fiction, Myra spent decades writing television and radio scripts, instructional videos, and corporate marketing programs. She won many local and regional advertising awards before leaving corporate life to become a wife and mother of two adopted kids. Stay-at-home-motherhood rekindled her ambition to write fiction.

As Myra puts it, “If you turn the truth into fiction, you’re less likely to get sued.”

Written under the name M.E. Levine, Myra’s first novel, Revenge of the Soccer Moms, is available on (print & e-book) and (audiobook). Her second novel, The Dead Mothers’ Club, is available on in print and e-book and will soon be available as an audiobook!


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