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Judy Reeves
The Long and Winding Road from Moments to Memoir
June 21, 2024
11 AM PDT | 12 PM MDT | 1 PM CDT | 2 PM EDT

Judy Reeves’s memoir, When Your Heart Says Go, tells the story of a solo, around-the-world journey she took a few years after her husband died. The journey itself took place thirty years before the story about it was published. Why did it take thirty years to get from there to here? Why do some stories appear suddenly, and others take decades to find their way? These are some of the questions we’ll explore in “The Long and Winding Road from Moments to Memoir.”

You’ll learn about:

  • How to capture a moment in your journal or daily writing practice
  • Discovering the underlying significance of moments in your life
  • Trusting the moments to find their own order, which may not be chronological
  • The many shapes stories take as they their way from journals to prose
  • How to shape captured moments into a memoir


Judy’s bio:
Judy Reeves is an award-winning writer and teacher whose books include A Writer’s Book of Days (named a “Hottest Books for Writers” by Writer’s Digest), Writing Alone/Writing Together, The Writer’s Retreat Kit, and Wild Women, Wild Voices. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared many journals and anthologies. She previously taught at UCSD Extension, is on the faculty of the Southern California Writers’ Conference, and serves on the council for the International Association for Journal Writing. Judy leads private workshops and retreats, teaches at writing conferences internationally, and at San Diego Writers, Ink, a nonprofit literary center she cofounded. Her memoir–When Your Heart Says Go, was released in October 2023. Judy lives and writes in San Diego, amid bulging bookshelves and an ancient Underwood typewriter that claims its own social media fan base.


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