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Power Your Memoir with Mystery: How Curiosity Fuels Craft

August 23, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT

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The fuel that runs the engine of all good writing is our uncertainty…and the true curiosity of the writer.

Too often, writers of true stories lock in early on what they know–times, places, apparent facts–and what results is a flat retelling of the past. But memoir is essentially an act of discovery. As writers, we must enter our work filled with questions and true uncertainty, or we risk pushing the story where we think it should go, rather than where it needs to be. As acclaimed memoirist Abigail Thomas warns, “If your memoir ends where you thought it was going to end, you aren’t doing it right.”

The engine of good writing is fueled by the curiosity of the writer, the process of thinking aloud on the page, and uncovering what we didn’t know the morning we sat down to begin our memoir or story. 

In this webinar, we will look at how other writers have used their uncertainty as fuel for the story, how to locate your own questions, and how reconnecting with what you don’t know can revive a stalled project. There will also be prompts and time for questions.

In this webinar, you will:

  • SEE how questions within your process allow for discovery and surprise
  • LEARN strategies for incorporating “what you don’t know” into nonfiction
  • UNDERSTAND how questions and curiosity drive memoir, nonfiction, and even fiction
  • ENGAGE with a series of short prompts to find the questions in your own work 

This webinar is for 

  • Writers at the beginning stages of a memoir or nonfiction project
  • Writers who feel stalled on their current essay, story or book
  • Writers with a story they want to tell, who feel unsure why readers will be interested enough to read it
  • Fiction writers and poets welcome; the advice is applicable to all genres

Closed captioning is available. ✔
All registrants receive the recording. ✔


DINTY W. MOORE is author of the memoirs Between Panic & Desire, and To Hell With It, the writing guides The Story Cure, Crafting the Personal Essay, and The Mindful Writer, among many other books. He has published essays and stories in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. Moore is founding editor of Brevity, the journal of flash nonfiction and co-editor of The Best of Brevity: Twenty Years of Groundbreaking Flash Nonfiction. He teaches master classes and workshops across the United States as well as in Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, and Mexico. 



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August 23, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT
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