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Don't Wait for 'Em to Die: A Master Class in Memoir by Author Lauretta Hannon
White Pines, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
Woodstock, NY
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Don't Wait for 'Em to Die: A Master Class in Memoir by Author Lauretta Hannon
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Writing a memoir is a powerful, life-changing act, whether you ever publish it or not. This seminar addresses the issues and challenges specific to the memoir. This master class is perfect for the beginning writer and the seasoned author alike.

In this three-hour seminar you'll learn:
-How speaking your truth will set you free
-How to handle painful subject matter
-How to recognize the real F-word: FEAR and put it in its place
-How to deal with the opinions and reactions of family and friends
-How to revive old memories and fill in the gaps
-How to begin, organize, and frame your story
-Why authenticity matters more than anything else
-How marketing is essential to your success
-How to easily identify literary agents who are looking for memoirs

Each attendee will receive a workbook, resource packet, and recommended reading list.

Lauretta Hannon is a bestselling author and commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She has taught and encouraged writers for more than twenty years. As a writer she has captured more than 100 national awards.

Her memoir, The Cracker Queen--A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life, became a bestseller only three weeks after its release in April 2009. In 2010 the Georgia Center for the Book named her work one of the Top Twenty-Five Books All Georgians Should Read. Lauretta has completed five writing residencies at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. She is also a syndicated advice columnist and keynote speaker. She is at work on her next book. Visit her website at

Watch Lauretta's CSPAN Interview:

"Lauretta's seminars are like a family reunion for writers of all levels. You will leave with a mentor, a map for your writing journey, and a new tribe of travelers."

"Her writing classes ignite you. They send you scrambling to the page, eager to apply her no frills, no prisoners, no-nonsense advice. She accomplishes the impossible in getting you from the excuses to the story."

"I went to a great writer's seminar this past weekend. Lauretta Hannon gave the seminar, and it was truly the best that I've ever attended. She gave great information, helpful tips, and encouragement. I have been to many different seminars, and some of them were good while others were just downright intimidating. Lauretta Hannon was fun! Read her book, The Cracker Queen! You will love it!"

"In her classes you have no worry of 'making the grade' or being judged. You'll learn what it takes to write a short story or your life's story. You'll leave with a smile on your face, some new friends, and with an experience you won't forget."

"Lauretta's workshops leave you inspired and rejuvenated, ready to grab that pen/paper/keyboard and get going. I can't wait to put my new skills to use!"

THIS EVENT IS CO-PRODUCED WITH WOODSTOCK BYRDCLIFFE GUILD. Byrdcliffe members receive a $10 discount on the workshop! Join at



White Pines, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (View)
454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road
Woodstock, NY 12498
United States

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