Weekend Schedule for Retreat

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October 3-5, 2014

Welcome to the Write Your Memoir Now retreat!


Jerry, Linda Joy, and Judy will be welcoming workshop participants informally at the bar or on the veranda, depending on the weather, on Friday evening. We’ll introduce ourselves and gather with you as you arrive to talk about where you’re from, what you’re writing about, and get acquainted. Please join us after you check in and relax! We’ll talk about your memoir, what you want to get from the weekend, and how we can help you with your stories.


Friday October 3– 5-7 PM

Arrive and check in

Informal gathering at the bar for meet and greet


7-9:00 PM Introductions, presentation, and first exercise

The Courage to Write a Memoir–Linda Joy, Judy, Jerry

Sign up for mentor appointments and receive writing assignment


Saturday Morning Large Group Gathering

8 am-9 am –greetings, morning coffee and rolls

Mentor meetings

Snacks, coffee, tea, and water are provided each morning of the retreat

9 am-10:15

Combined SessionĀ  Linda Joy, Judy, and Jerry

How to Start: finding your turning points and timeline–Linda Joy

Structure in Memoir–Jerry Waxler

Voice in Memoir–Judy Mandel

Workshop breakouts 10:15-12 noon

12-1 pm

Lunch on your own

1:15- 3:30 pmĀ  Combined Session

Linda Joy, Judy, and Jerry

Finding your theme in memoir–Jerry

Alternative structures and research in memoir–Judy

Writing as Healing, a Transformational Path–Linda Joy

3:30-3:45 Break with snacks

3:45-5 pm Group sharing and discussion

5-7 pm Saturday dinner on your own

Mentor meetings; informal gatherings


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Sunday 8-8:30 am morning coffee and snacks

8:30 – 10 am Combined Session Jerry, Judy and Linda Joy

Different kinds of Memoir–Jerry

Secrets, Family, and the Critics–Linda Joy

Dialogue, Point of View, Tenses–Judy

12-1:15 pm

Lunch on your own

1:15-3 pm

Large group gathering and discussion

Where to go from here

Publishing from A-Z–quick course: Agents, editors, publishing options

Large group sharing