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Crafting the Memoir in Pieces: Building a Coherent Book from Fragments

June 14, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT


In writing a memoir in pieces or fragments, compression is just as important as elongation–and juxtapositions tell the story.

The writer of the memoir in pieces is an assembly artist—a hunter, a gatherer, an arranger, a culler, a keeper. They favor recurrence over redundancy. They build their skills in both compression and elongation. We’ll take a look at the ways in which memoirs in pieces get made—from the first bursts of flash nonfiction to the development of unifying themes and structures.

Rich with prompts and propelled by exemplar texts and insights into Beth’s own processes, this illustrated presentation will also feature photographs of Beth’s handmade books, which are constructed using surprisingly similar techniques. Participants will leave the session feeling inspired to both write more new pieces and to begin to coalesce the ones they have.

In this webinar, you will:
  • DISCOVER compelling flash nonfiction
  • GAIN tools that will aid in both compression and elongation
  • LEARN the art of juxtaposition
  • ACQUIRE a range of structural possibilities for a memoir in pieces
  • BE INSPIRED by prompts

This webinar is for…

  • Writers who are intrigued by or have begun to explore writing flash pieces.
  • Writers who are seeking organizing principles for their emerging pieces.
  • Writers interested in the art of building both a physical book and a literary one.

Closed captioning is available. ✔

All registrants receive the recording. ✔


Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of more than three dozen books in multiple genres, an award-winning teacher, a book artist, and co-founder of Juncture Workshops, currently in the midst of its Story of You series. Her new books are Wife | Daughter | Self: A Memoir in EssaysWe Are the Worlds: The Master Memoir Class, and, forthcoming, A Weave, a Basket, a Vessel: Outtakes from a Memoir Master Class.


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June 14, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT
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Beth Kephart
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