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Why Tara Westover’s EDUCATED is an Education in Memoir Writing and Staying True to Story

It’s the rare memoir that comes along and captures national attention with such intensity. Tara Westover’s Educated, was published to rave reviews. It’s the story of a girl born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and her journey to find herself in spite of lifetime trauma and abuse. You’ll appreciate exploring the talent of writing about place, and using imagined scenes to explore the psychology of characters. All of us have to learn how to manage time in our memoir, and we teach the techniques that Tara uses to great effect.


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Class 1:The Power of Place: How to Transport Your Reader to Another Time and Place


Class 2:Imagined Scenes and Speculation: How to Write What You Didn’t Witness or Don’t Remember


Class 3:The Evolution of Characters: How to Make Readers Feel Invested in Your Story and Characters by Showing How People Change, Grow, and Decline


Class 4:Time! A Deep Dive into Where to Position Yourself in Time—Where You Are Now, Where You Were Then, and Tracking Where Your Reader Is in Relation to Where They’ve Been