You know your story. It's about you, after all. But how do you make your tale so engaging that it pulls the reader in page after page? In this five-week class, successful memoirist Brett Paesel takes you behind the scenes, exploring techniques for making the truth more compelling than fiction. Though in-class lectures and writing exercises, you'll explore the essential ingredients of memoir: voice, story structure, character, and conflict, and take writing "what you know" to the next level. If you like, you can even bring in up to 1200 words of your memoir for targeted feedback each session! By the end of the class, you'll have crafted several chapters of your memoir and made them so intriguing, agents will return your calls! Experienced and beginning writers welcome.
Instructor: Brett Paesel
Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3 (5 Tues. nights) 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Cost: $395 (Includes snacks and tea) Location: Writing Pad West
About Brett Paesel: Brett Paesel is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling memoir, "Mommies Who Drink: Sex, Drugs, and Other Distant Memories of an Ordinary Mom" (Warner Books) and the blog, "Last of the Bohemians". "Mommies Who Drink" was selected as an Elle Magazine Must Read, a hot summer pick in Entertainment Weekly, and one of "Summers' Hottest Reads" in People Magazine. The Boston Globe proclaimed the book "honest, affectionate, and smartly written. . . real, and laugh-out-loud funny." Brett has also written television pilots for HBO, ABC, Fox, WB, Lifetime, and Nick at Nite. Her stories, essays, and articles have been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, More magazine, Self, Family Fun, amongst other publications. In addition, she was a contributing editor to Parents and Wondertime (where she was also a beauty and wellness columnist). Her comic essays have been included in several collections including "Lights, Action, Travel" and "Behind the Bedroom Door". Brett has taught screenwriting and sketch at Second City and nonfiction writing for The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Brett is currently writing two other books, one a novel and the other a collection of autobiographical stories.
Writing Pad West (View)
10445 Wilshire Blvd #1201
Los Angeles , CA 90024