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The Power of Story: Finding the Invisible Magnetic River in Your Memoir or Novel

February 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EST

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How does our writing open into something wide and powerful, reflecting a truth “older than the flow of human blood in human veins”?

What makes a memoir or novel more than just a collection of scenes or observations? How does a writer create a dynamic, compelling whole greater than the sum of its many parts? How do we allow our writing to open into something wide and powerful, reflecting a truth that, as Langston Hughes writes, is “older than the flow of human blood in human veins”?

Too often, writers obsessively revise their words or sentences when a piece of writing is not working, but in many cases the problem is not the arrangement of words on the page but the story itself—or rather, the lack of a magnetic, authentic story.

This webinar will illustrate where the magnetic primal story can be found and how finding that “river of emotion” can solve multiple problems in any work of fiction or nonfiction.

Locating the “Invisible Magnetic River” of story in your writing is the best way of ensuring that something powerful is at stake behind the words, and the surest way to keep readers engaged from beginning to end, whether your work is brief or book-length.

This interactive webinar will illustrate the source of the Invisible Magnetic River of story in our work and offer prompts to help you locate your own story’s source of meaning.

In this presentation, you will:
  • DISCOVER how locating your Invisible Magnetic River will ensure that readers stay engaged with your story from beginning to end.
  • LEARN how a primal, magnetic story can help to solve many of the frustrations and obstacles that can interfere with both writing and revision.
  • DISTINGUISH between a chain of events and a compelling story
  • UNDERSTAND that the surest way to make your book, story, or essay one that readers want to read is to tell a damn good story. 
This webinar is for…
  • Writers struggling to find powerful stories in their fiction or nonfiction
  • Writers who feel stuck in an endless loop of revision.
  • Writers who worry they have “too much story to tell” or that the current storyline is confusing
  • Anyone looking to kick-start a project that has been stalled for a period of time.

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


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




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February 7
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EST
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Dinty W. Moore
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