Brooke Warner will be presenting at Cattlemens Restaurant
12409 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
on Sunday March 17th, 2024 from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Memoir is a much-beloved genre, but it’s notably hard to sell to publishers. One of the reasons for that is because too many memoirs fall into the trap of being a story about what happened rather than the meaning that the memoirist infuses into events that shaped or changed their lives. In this session, Brooke Warner will cover three qualities of memoir that you’ll want to consider and understand if you want to write a story that will impact your readers’ lives. Covered in this session will be:
- Your story’s universal relevance or resonance.
- Storytelling (ie, “showing”) and scene-building.
- Writing a book that holds deep meaning for your reader.
What attendees will learn:
- How to write a meaningful memoir.
- What publishers are looking for in a memoir.
- Common mistakes memoirists make when they’re first starting out.
- How to write in “scene” and be a good guide to your reader.
- How to think about “why it matters” over “what happened” as you tell your story.
Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What’s Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Brooke is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster (of “Write-minded” with co-host Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo), and publishes a weekly newsletter, Writerly Things, on Substack at brookewarner.substack.com. Brooke is the former Executive Editor of Seal Press and writes a regular column for Publishers Weekly.
In addition, our very own Gloria Perrot-Dyer, will be holding an additional fundraising talk.
Historical Fiction: The Marriage of Fact and Fancy
Gloria is a 2023 awardee of the Jack London Award, for her contributions to the California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch.
Gloria has published her first book in 2020 entitled Allensworth: Two Tales of Triumph. She will be sharing elements of the process that she used in conducting the extensive research necessary for writing this book.
Some of the areas she will cover are the following:
- choosing a time period in history
- authenticity in setting, plot, characters, dialogue and historical issues
- how to conduct the needed research
- authentic language of the time period
- authentic clothing, transportation and necessities for daily living.
- building a world in the historical context of the time period.
A discretionary club fundraising donation is requested and very much appreciated, $10 suggested.