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What an inspiring and powerful event! I attended the Magic of Memoir Conference in Oakland, CA last weekend. It was offered by LINDA JOY MYERS and BROOKE WARNER. It was totally different than anything else I had done in my life. I have been very passionate about my memoir writing but being there, listening to the Instructors and people sharing their powerful stories made me feel very supported. It encouraged me to move forward with more confidence.
The conference material was well structured and the short practices after teaching each subject really helped me to learn how I need to improve my storytelling to let the reader follow easily.
The subjects covered, 5 Key Elements of a Successful Memoir; scenes, narration, theme, characterization, and takeaway. They talked about life’s turning points and points of no return and how to map them to the whole story. As we practiced these concepts in groups, I quickly learned how much more work is left to edit my book. However, it was not an overwhelming feeling, it was all exciting. I was so happy to learn more steps to improve the quality of my story.
I also got the opportunity to read 3 minutes of my story in front of an audience. It was an amazing experience. Reading mine to others was as fulfilling as listening to others’ stories. I was so anxious that I even mentioned it to the audience but I enjoyed my reading very much. It pushed my comfort zone which is always so enjoyable to me. Also, as I was reading it out loud, I noticed I have not included a good description of my step-daughter’s appearance in this part and I did not even say how I felt when I met her for the first time.
Overall I was glad I met wonderful people and was inspired by them to be stronger and move forward with good intentions.
The conference material opened new doors to subjects I need to learn to write a good quality book. To give more structure to my book, I am planning to sign up for the 6 months class offered by Linda-Joy and Brook starting in January.
Last but not least, they covered different types of publishing. It was a great feeling to start thinking about it. It makes me feel I want to jump out of my skin and dance around naked without skin. J
I am now more encouraged to follow this great passion….
Editing Credit: M. Curtis