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Map Your Memoir: Structure Your Story from Start to Finish

June 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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You have a story burning inside – something you’ve experienced and overcome, or perhaps a family story that needs to be told and preserved for future generations.

Writing a memoir can be an incredible gift, both to your family and to the world. But it’s hard to see the forest for the trees; for you, this is your entire life! How do you know what parts will be most interesting to others and which parts are irrelevant? 

You’re in good company! 

Most memoirists struggle to know how much of their story to tell—where and when to start, where and when to end, and how much to share of all of the details in between. Writers often err on the side of giving too much background. Often aspiring memoirists tell us that their writing feels “messy” and “disorganized”—they can’t see the forest for the trees.

In this 90-minute seminar for beginning memoirists, we’ll talk about how to craft your story of transformation and “map” an engaging, powerful memoir for others to enjoy. We’ll demonstrate how talented memoirists use both zooming out and zooming in to build engagement and draw the reader’s attention to the most important parts of the story. By getting clear on your transformation and figuring out your structure, you’ll be able to put helpful boundaries around your manuscript so you can tell a clear, thoughtful, and compelling story that will delight and engage readers.

In this webinar, you will learn:
  • WHERE to begin and end your memoir
  • TRADITIONAL AND MODERN memoir structures
  • The ZOOM IN & ZOOM OUT technique
  • A replicable BOOK MAPPING METHOD that you can use for this or any other story

This webinar is for…

  • Aspiring memoir writers not sure where to begin or how to end
  • Memoir writers wanting help with structure 
  • Memoirists needing a refresher on why and how they are telling their story
This webinar will not be best for …
  • Novelists
  • Experienced memoirists and essayists
  • Authors focusing on prescriptive nonfiction where the focus is on teaching, instructing, or informing the reader

Closed captioning is available ✔
All registrants receive the recording ✔


ARIEL CURRY is a writer, editor, and book coach at Ariel Curry Editorial with over 10 years of experience in traditional publishing as an acquisitions editor. She now ghostwrites and helps other aspiring nonfiction authors. When she’s not working on books, you can find Ariel doing yoga, playing piano, beekeeping, or reading with a glass of wine. She lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband and their rescue dogs, Enyo and Tenaya.

LIZ MORROW is a traditionally-published ghostwriter for entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and business experts. She specializes in personal and professional development and memoir. Though she has experience in every piece of the pipeline—including book ideation, planning, positioning, editing, and marketing—writing has always been the part she loves most. When she’s not writing, you can find Liz listening to long-form podcasts, rewatching The Office, and drinking margaritas with friends. She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband, two children, and goldendoodle.


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June 5
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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