July Member Teleseminar with Linda Watanabe McFerrin
July 25, 2014
11 AM PDT 12 PM MDT 1 PM CDT 2 PM EDT
Any professional editor will tell you that the key to writing a fantastic, bestselling memoir is drama and relevance, but sometimes it hard to amp up the intensity without causing major collateral damage with family, community or friends, not to mention ex-spouses and lovers.
In this seminar you will learn how to take those quiet moments and turn them into spellbinding revelations and how to do it without throwing all of your friends and loved ones under the bus.
• How to use literary craft to create tension and drama.
• How to build suspense.
• How to make sure your story connects with a wide audience while remaining your story.
• How to build in relevance.
• How to write in a way to which agents, editors, publishers and, yes, loved ones too, will respond.
• How to use bestselling fiction techniques in real-life storytelling.
Linda Watanabe McFerrin) is the author of two poetry collections and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009.
Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in many countries and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication. www.lwmcferrin.com
Linda, this looks fabulous. This topic comes up a lot in my writing group and memoir workshops! I hope I can attend! Renee
How can I sign up and understand more about participation? Thanks, Renee
This is a Members Only event. You can learn more about becoming a member by clicking here: https://www.namw.org/become-a-member/namw-benefits.
I would love to participate in this; unfortunately I have an appointment scheduled for the time posted. Will there be a recorded version of this available?
Tomorrow’s teleseminar will be recorded. It will go out to all members a few days after the event.
Dear Linda and Lind!
I’m SO glad to hear that!
I ghostwrite for people and this is probably the biggest issue for every one of them. We just finished a book for my client and while his father had been fully supportive of the entire process, on the final review of the manuscript he objected to how he was portrayed. Fortunately I had prepped my client that this would likely happen, but even so, we ended up changing the manuscript to make him look “less bad” which still feels like too much of a compromise to the work. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this! I just missed the telecon, so am anxiously awaiting the recording!
Thank you so much for providing these wonderful resources!
.I will be there
I am a member but what phone number should I use? I know I missed this call already but for future ones? Much appreciated.
So sorry you missed the call! As a member, you should be receiving the information via email before the call. Please check your email for this and if you did not receive it, please email email@example.com. You can also find this information posted in the Members Area at all times.