Class: Connie Josefs - Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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Saturday, August 17, 2019 • 10:00am – 1:00pm • $95 

Use this link to register for Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

 


“Get the narrator and you’ve got the piece.” —Vivian Gornick The narrator’s voice is central to the success of any memoir. It releases the story from the raw material of our lives and illuminates shape, forward movement, tone and theme. How do we find the right voice to tell our story? In this workshop, we will explore the concept of narrator as persona, a construct that emphasizes certain parts of ourselves and omits others. We will also explore the assets and liabilities of writing in first person. 

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

Use the link below to register for the 4-class series,The Craft of Writing Memoir, at a reduced price of $350. Includes:

  • Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
  • The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
  • You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
  • The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: The Craft of Writing Memoir (4-Class Series) (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am
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Four Classes • Saturday, Aug 17, 10am - 1pm & 3 - 6pm • Sunday, Aug 18, 10am - 1pm & 3 - 6pm • $350

Use this button to register for all four classes at a reduced cost, or use the links below to register for classes individually.

We all have life stories to tell. But how do we write about personal experience in a way that will engage a reader? This series of four, half-day workshops focuses on the craft of writing memoir. Each workshop will provide concrete tools and strategies for transforming memory into compelling narrative. Class format includes readings, discussion and writing exercises. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome. The 4-class series includes:

Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Connie Josefs - The Way They Were - Writing Believable Characters in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
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Saturday, August 17, 2019 • 3:00 – 6:00 pm • $95 

Use this link to register for The Way They Were: Writing Believable Characters, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

“I write to discover what I know.” ― Flannery O'Connor How do we get the people we know onto the page? When writing memoir, it’s all too easy to take our characters for granted because we know them. Complexity develops in characters as we discover them, moment by moment. This workshop will provide tools to help memoir writers reach beyond the familiar and craft characters in vivid and memorable detail.

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

Use the link below to register for the 4-class series,The Craft of Writing Memoir, at a reduced price of $350. Includes:

Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Connie Josefs - You Had To Be There - Writing Scene in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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Sunday, August 18, 2019 • 10:00am – 1:00pm • $95 

Use this link to register for You Had To Be There - Writing Scene in Memoir, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

“I find that scene making is my natural way of marking the past.” —Virginia Woolf  Scene is the building block of narrative; it brings the reader into the immediate experience of a story. But how do we determine when to move from scene to exposition? This workshop will examine the varied effects of scene and exposition in memoir and explore how they are used effectively to bring personal experience to the page.

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

Use the link below to register for the 4-class series,The Craft of Writing Memoir, at a reduced price of $350. Includes:

Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Connie Josefs - The Shape of Time in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
photo of Connie Josefs

Sunday, August 18, 2019 • 3:00 – 6:00 pm • $95

Use this link to register for The Shape of Time in Memoir, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

“You don’t look back along time but down through it, like water. Sometimes this comes to the surface, sometimes that... Nothing goes away.” —Margaret Atwood  Time can be one of the the most challenging aspects of memoir. We view events from two vantage points: then and now. How do writers accommodate this shifting narrative stance? How do we effectively utilize hindsight to gain access to narratives of the past? This workshop will explore how memoirists organize time, voice and point of view to structure scenes and create coherence.

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

Use the link below to register for the 4-class series,The Craft of Writing Memoir, at a reduced price of $350. Includes:

Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

William Alsup - Won Over (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

What was it like growing up white in Mississippi as the Civil Rights Movement exploded in the 1950s and '60s. How did white children reconcile the decency and fairness taught by their parents with the indecency and unfairness of the Mississippi Way of Life, the euphemism applied to the pervasive Jim Crow. How did the Civil Rights Movement influence white kids coming of age in the most segregated place in America?

Won Over, a memoir, examines these questions as it traces the journey of United States District Judge William Alsup, born white in 1945 to hard-working parents in Mississippi. They believed in segregation. But they also taught their children fairness and decency and therein lay the conflict, a struggle at the core of the human predicament in the South. As Won Over recalls near its outset, the author's earliest doubt about the system came at age twelve when what he'd thought stood as an abandoned shack at the bottom of a sand quarry turned out to be a school for black kids, whom we saw playing in the mud outside its door.

At the end, Won Over reflects on a 1966 challenge by the author and his college roommate to the Mississippi Speaker Ban, an official rule against any "controversial" speaker coming onto a college campus in Mississippi, a rule used to quash their invitation to the state president of the NAACP to speak at their college, Mississippi State University. After a tense showdown, the roommates won that challenge. In January 1967, Aaron Henry became the first black ever to speak on a white college campus in Mississippi, receiving a standing ovation.

The memoir traces the influences that drew the author from traditional Southern attitudes toward a color-blind ideal. Those influences included his older sister, Willanna, his closest circle of friends, a charismatic mentor in college, and the moral force of the Civil Rights Movement. Won Over recounts their steps along that journey -- a counter protest to a John Birch Society billboard calling for the impeachment of Chief Justice Earl Warren; meeting personally with the brother of slain leader Medgar Evers to convey condolences; a letter to the editor of the statewide paper on behalf of his circle of friends declaring "We are for civil rights for Negroes"; joining his college roommate in a rally at Tougaloo College to support the Meredith March Against Racism; and going to the Liberty Baptist Church in Chicago to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. exhort the faithful in their summer-long protest against housing and employment discrimination.

In 1967, William Alsup went on to Harvard Law School, then to clerk for Justice William O. Douglas. He briefly practiced civil rights law in Mississippi before moving to San Francisco, where he became a trial attorney and, in 1999, received an appointment as United States District Judge.

Won Over: Reflections of a Federal Judge on His Journey from Jim Crow Mississippi Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781588383426
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Published: NewSouth Books - March 2019

What was it like growing up white in Mississippi as the Civil Rights Movement exploded in the 1950s and '60s. How did white children reconciled the decency and fairness taught by their parents with the indecency and unfairness of the Mississippi Way of Life, the euphemism applied to the pervasive Jim Crow.


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