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Roadmap to Revision: Make Your Memoir Agent-Ready

February 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EST

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Revising a memoir can feel overwhelming. But this crucial process helps memoirists take their story to the next level, making their work compelling to readers and irresistible to agents.

This webinar will address five approaches for revising memoir, including ramping up the stakes, honing the structure, and sharpening characters. We’ll explore published memoirs to identify what’s working, and then apply those techniques to our own manuscripts using hands-on exercises. 

We’ll discuss strategies for identifying weak areas in our memoir drafts and develop action plans for how to address them. Finally, we’ll talk about how to know when your manuscript is “ready,” and what agents look for in your opening pages.

You’ll leave this webinar with a toolbox of revision strategies and a roadmap for honing your memoir draft.

In this webinar, you will:
  • LEARN five revision tools for strengthening your memoir manuscript, making it stand out to readers and agents.
  • EXPLORE how successful memoirs are crafted, using craft concepts from published memoirs to apply to our own revision process to improve your own manuscript.
  • BUILD a roadmap for your revision process by identifying weaknesses in your memoir, and developing strategies to address them.

This webinar is ideal for writers who have completed a memoir draft and want to revise before querying agents; and for anyone overwhelmed by the revision process and seeking concrete, actionable tools.

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


Katie Bannon is a writer, editor, and educator whose work has appeared in NPR, Salon, Narratively, Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog, Cognoscenti, CommonHealth, and more. Her memoir manuscript was a finalist for the Permafrost Nonfiction Book Prize. A graduate of GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator, she holds a BA from Tufts University and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Emerson College.

She is a developmental editor who loves working with nonfiction writers to find the “story” behind the “situation” of their memoirs and essays. She teaches at GrubStreet and Emerson College and lives in the Boston area.

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February 28
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EST
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