Instructor: Elizabeth Peavey
Date & Time: Saturday, June 17 | 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Kittery Community Center
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $120

Whether a writer is already knee-deep in her life story or is looking for a way to begin, this workshop will offer the methods and guidance necessary to move forward.

Participants will investigate the history and nature of memoir and discuss issues such as the tricky conundrum of “truth” vs. fact, the ways in which imagination informs memory, and how to discern the easiest truths from the best ones. Attendees will discover new ways to approach being honest with not only the reader but themselves. In addition, the fundamentals of memoir writing will be covered: developing a clear thesi; establishing one’s voice; determining where to start and end a narrative; and making one’s world come alive for the reader through sharp prose and vivid detail.

Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to have a piece of their own writing discussed and workshopped. Constructive critiquing techniques will be provided in advance to create a supportive and nurturing environment that will allow participants to examine their own writing using the strategies they have learned.

+ PLEASE BRING Attendees are asked to please bring three (3) copies of one completed essay or excerpt of a memoir-in-progress (up to 1,000-words) for discussion and critique.

Elizabeth Peavey’s one-woman show, My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother, has played to sold-out houses since 2011 and won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Best Drama. It made its New York City debut in May 2015.

She is the author of Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship, Outta My Way: An Odd Life Lived Loudly and of Maine & Me, another MLA recipient.

Peavey has taught public speaking at the University of Southern Maine for over 20 years, was a guest lecturer of creative nonfiction at the University of Maine at Farmington and served as writer in residence at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA. She has taught her popular memoir workshop for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance since the days of quill and parchment, as well at the 2015 Stonecoast Summer Conference. She is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries and associations around the state. Her current humor column, “Outta My Yard,” can be found at VISIT

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The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on June 5 at 9:00 a.m.

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