Everyone has a story. Some will record their life situations in a diary, an autobiography, or perhaps a memoir. What about you? What is a memoir, anyway? A memoir is a portion of your life, a slice, an element that adds up to something bigger than the events themselves. Are there situations in your life that will resonate with readers? What is the message, the theme, the big idea, the takeaway of these life events? What lessons can be discerned from your stories?
As you write your memoir, you will have many questions, such as: how shall I structure the book? How do I achieve the voice I intend? How do I keep my reader engaged and interested in my story? How much do I “tell” and how much do I “show?”
Show and Tell: A major dilemma for any writer. Several years ago, “creative nonfiction” became popular: applying the tools of fiction to nonfiction—showing the reader what is happening in the story through such techniques as scene development, character and plot development, use of dialogue, and other writing tools.
In our seventy-five-minute interactive and highly-participatory workshop we’ll illustrate the difference between Show and Tell writing. You will do some writing and discuss when you might “tell” and when you would “show” in your own memoir.
Homework: Bring to the retreat examples of Show and Tell writing from your own work or from a newspaper or magazine.