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A Novel Idea – Crafting a Memoir

January 11 @ 5:00 pm - June 9 @ 8:00 pm


A Memoir is a journey through the writer’s past. It is not an autobiography – one’s entire life – but a slice of life. Paint your own picture of a personal moment or experience and share your unique journey through the art of creative writing. Learn how to adapt your life story to an artistically composed, memorable narrative in this 6-session virtual memoir writing workshop with writer, novelist, and A Novel Idea instructor Don Helin.

Creative nonfiction is useful in a memoir as it helps bring scenes alive with enhanced setting and dialogue. Many personal history memoirs succeed because the writer transforms real people into compelling, fleshed-out characters on the page. You are the foundation of your story and the more honestly you dig into your core, the richer your story will be. CREATE scenes with rich description & engaging dialogue TRANSFORM people into compelling characters STRUCTURE your stories for clarity & strong storytelling Explore these storytelling techniques and more in a casual Meet & Eat dinnertime setting.

Over 6 sessions, you will acquire story-telling techniques to help you document your memoir. Topics to be discussed include: Research: Go back to find the small things that caught your attention. Structure: Chronological versus Episodic Setting and Scene: A memoir is not something you invent, but something you uncover by digging. Characters: Explaining the motivation of the character is critical. Dialogue: Break up a series of mega-paragraphs with interesting dialogue. Point of View: Whose story is it and who is telling it?

Tuition is $200, or $175 for PCCA members for the series of 6 sessions running from January to June, 2021. Please contact Arts In Education Director Rebecca Covert at 717-567-7023 or rebecca@perrycountyarts.org with any questions you may have.

General Rate: $200 PCCA Member Rate: $175

Second Wednesdays, 5-8 PM:
January 13
February 10
March 10
April 14
May 12
June 9

Virtual Zoom classroom
Ages 18 and up


January 11 @ 5:00 pm
June 9 @ 8:00 pm
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Perry County Council of the Arts