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How do we find the words – along with the voice, the structure, and the lens – that will bring our stories most fully to life? In this workshop we will explore elements of craft that can help us shape our true stories. We will look closely at memoirs and essays to see how masterful writers work with the kernel of a story, play with time and point of view, and balance momentum with depth. We’ll tackle the tough questions of the genre: how do we write honestly about the people we love? How do we handle the subjectivity of memory? Through a mix of discussion, guided exercises, and workshop, we’ll examine our stories from new angles and bring them to new heights.


Whether you are a novice or halfway into your memoir, this workshop is an excellent chance to write the stories you most want to tell.

Shaping the Truth: 

A Memoir/Personal Essay Workshop 

Dates: 8 Thursdays, March 23-May 11
Time: 7-9 pm 
Instructor: Elizabeth Scarboro
Ages: Adult 
Genre: Nonfiction 
Price: $495 
Music of the Mind

Elizabeth Scarboro is the author of My Foreign Cities, A Memoir, which was named a “Best Book of the Year” by the San Francisco Chronicle and Library Journal. Her essays have appeared in many places, including the New York Times, the Bellevue Literary Review, and the Telegraph. She is also the author of two novels for children, The Secret Language of the SB and Phoenix Upside Down. Her writing has received the Chautauqua Prize and the Olga and Paul Menn Award for Fiction. She has taught writing to students of all ages, and is currently a literacy coach at Washington Elementary in Berkeley, where she hopes to help her students become as crazy about reading as she is.

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