CRAFT ESSENTIALS FOR WRITERS OF FICTION AND MEMOIR
A story is a story, whether it’s one you’ve imagined or one you’ve lived. And while
there are huge differences between how writers of fiction and nonfiction get that story down on the page, there are also some very useful similarities. In this workshop, novelist and memoirist Sands Hall outlines aspects of craft essential to the fiction writer—including plot, character, point of view, and scene—and, with the help of published examples, shows how these ideas can be applied to memoir and creative nonfiction. Whatever your genre, you’ll come to recognize these areas of craft, and build confidence in utilizing them in your own work.
SANDS HALL is the author of the memoir Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Counterpoint), a finalist for the Northern California Book Awards and a Publishers Weekly Best Book in Religion and Spirituality. Other works include the novel Catching Heaven (Ballantine), which was a Random House Reader’s Circle selection, and a volume of essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. Her stories and essays have been published in such places as Iowa Review, New England Review, and Los Angeles
Review of Books, and her produced plays include an adaptation of Alcott’s Little Women and the comic-drama Fair Use, which explores the “was it plagiarism?” controversy surrounding Stegner’s Angle of Repose. Sands teaches annually for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and for the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She is also a theater artist and a singer/songwriter, and performs widely. Sands lives in Nevada City, California. Find out more at http://sandshall.com.