Instructor: Elizabeth Peavey
Date & Time: Saturday, January 26 | 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
12 FULL/WAIT LIST ONLY
Fee: Member: $70 | Nonmember: $125
Registration Closes: January 17
Life is messy. The writer’s job is to bring order to that chaos. This is especially tricky when telling one’s life stories. The challenge is to figure out where to start and stop, how to deal with chronology, how much backstory to include, and where exposition should land—just like in any piece of good writing.
In this workshop, participants will examine basic story structure—narrative arc, conflict and crisis, thesis, time frames, and scope—and then apply these concepts to their own writing during the afternoon workshopping session. Each participant will have the opportunity to give and receive feedback on a short piece. Constructive critiquing techniques will be provided in advance to create a supportive environment.
+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit an essay or memoir excerpt of up to 1000 words that they feel needs narrative direction by no later than 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 17. Please note that these manuscripts will be distributed in advance via email to the other workshop participants. Please email the manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “PEAVEY WORKSHOP MSS.” *Please use standard formatting (1” margins, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman), and Word docs (ideally) or PDFs only.
Elizabeth Peavey is the author of three books, including Maine & Me, recipient of the Maine Literary Award for Nonfiction. Her one-woman show, My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother, has played to sold-out houses since 2011 and received the Maine Literary Award for Drama. Her countless features and humor writing have appeared in various publications, including Down East magazine since 1993.
Peavey taught creative non-fiction at University of Maine, Farmington and served as a lecturer of public speaking at the University of Southern Maine for over 20 years. Her popular memoir workshops have been presented by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance since the days of quill and parchment, and she recently developed an online version for OLLI’s Senior College. She currently coaches corporate and private speech clients and is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker at schools, libraries and associations across the state. VISIT elizabethpeavey.com
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