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Legacy Writing: For What Will You Be Remembered?

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4540 Page Street

Austin, TX 78723

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Legacy Writing: For What Will You Be Remembered?

This 4-part memoir-writing workshop is designed for the beginning to advanced writer. You don't need any experience to complete this course; but if you are experienced, neither will you feel bored or unchallenged. Each module centers around a new and exciting component of legacy writing. Sign up for just one session, or save money and get the most out of your investment by attending all four.

Tuesdays | 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

$99.00 per module; or $350.00 when you sign up for all four modules.

Bring a sack lunch.

Hot tea, dark chocolate, and all handouts provided.


Module One: Contemporary Memoir Writing | Tuesday, February 13, 2018

To contribute to the larger literary conversation, you first have to know what the wider world is talking about. What does memoir writing look like today? What types of stories become best sellers and why? How have these authors structured their stories to greatest effect?

We’ll survey several popular memoirs written in the past five years, analyze their strengths and weaknesses, isolate their major themes, explore their subtext, and map their narrative arcs—so that you can then apply the same techniques to your memoir.

  • One-hour lecture/discussion facilitated by Jess Hagemann of Cider Spoon Stories
  • 30-minute guest speaker: bestselling memoirist Donna Johnson
  • One-hour in-class exercise: writing/workshopping scenes inspired by the books we’ve just studied

Donna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a critically acclaimed memoir deemed “enthralling” by the New York Times and “compulsively readable” by Texas Monthly. Oprah named the book to her Memoirs We Love list. Holy Ghost Girl won the Mayborn Creative Nonfiction Prize and took top honors at the Books for a Better Life Awards in Manhattan. Donna has written for Huffington Post, The Rumpus, Shambhala Sun, Psychology Today, and other publications. Her work has been collected in the HerTexas and Beyond Belief anthologies. Donna is a Ragdale Fellow and was recently awarded a three-year Lucas Artist Residency. She is currently at work on a second memoir.

$99.00 for Module One; or $350.00 when you sign up for all four modules.


Module Two: Your Life Story | Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The best memoirs don't begin on the day you were born—but in the middle of the action, with a description of the inciting incident. In this class we'll break down the desire line: the through-line that determines where your story begins and ends, and which turns everything in-between into one cohesive and engaging narrative.

Additional topics include: genealogical and historical research tips and resources.

  • One-hour lecture/discussion facilitated by Jess Hagemann of Cider Spoon Stories
  • 30-minute guest speaker: Texas Center for the Book
  • One-hour in-class exercise: Mapping your desire line, then writing/workshopping the inciting incident.

Richard Gilreath is the Reference Archivist and Taylor Fox is the Reference Librarian at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

$99.00 for Module Two; or $350.00 when you sign up for all four modules.


Module Three: Material Conservation | Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Once the words are written, how can you make sure they stand the test of time? What recording equipment and word-processing softwares are the most user-friendly and immune to technological obsolescence? (R.I.P cassette tapes.) If you want to include photos, letters, and documents, what's the best way to digitize them?

You'll also learn how to preserve the original artifacts using museum-grade tools available to the public at large.

  • One-hour lecture/discussion facilitated by Jess Hagemann of Cider Spoon Stories
  • 30-minute guest speaker: Mike O’Krent of Life Stories Alive
  • One-hour in-class exercise: Group workshop (bring the scenes you’ve been working on)

Mike O’Krent is the founder of LifeStories Alive, LLC, and specializes in making personal history videos for families. In a life-changing experience, from 1996 through 2000, Mike interviewed Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, now the USC Shoah Foundation. It was through that experience he discovered the significance and technique of recording the life stories of loved ones. Since founding the business in 2006, LifeStories Alive has filmed legacy videos for hundreds of client families and non-profit organizations.

$99.00 for Module Three; or $350.00 when you sign up for all four modules.


Module Four: Editing, Layout, and Self-Publication | Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Congrats! You've completed a rough draft of your memoir. Now it’s time to clean it up. Many writers choose to hire a professional editor, but if you want to do it yourself, there are a couple things to look for. The way you lay out your book before publication will also influence its overall tone and presentation, so Jess will highlight a few important considerations.

Then, you'll get all your questions about self-publishing in Austin answered by the Director of Custom Publishing at Forty Acres Press.

  • One-hour lecture/discussion facilitated by Jess Hagemann of Cider Spoon Stories
  • 30-minute guest speaker: Brandon Bross of Forty Acres Press
  • One-hour in-class exercise: Brainstorming cover designs and sharing marketing resources.

Brandon Bross is the Director of Custom Publishing at Forty Acres Press. Forty Acres Press (named for the original 40 acres granted for the University of Texas campus), specializes in printing academic works that support the University's educational mission. They also work with educators, writers, and hobbyists in Central Texas to make published works available for distribution and purchase.

$99.00 for Module Four; or $350.00 when you sign up for all four modules.


FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Sharp Noggin is a residential shop-home in the Mueller development. There is plenty of free street parking, or take bus #37.

What's the refund policy?

All ticket sales are final. However, if you can't make class for any reason, feel free to transfer the ticket's value to a friend. Simply email Jess at ciderspoon@gmail.com to let her know the name of the person attending in your stead.


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