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Memoir Writing Classes and Workshops

When people find out that I have written three bestselling memoirs, the first thing they usually say is something like this: “Really? That’s great! I wish I could find the time to do that. I don’t even know where to start.”

This sentiment resonates with me.  After all, I was 42 when I started publishing my writing, and 43 when my first book came out. But I did it! Here’s all three!

I want to help people tell their stories. Everyone has a story to tell.  I mean everyone.  You can’t be a person on planet Earth and not have experiences that are unique to you. Everyone has their own interesting perspective on the world and a memoir inside them.  You don’t have to be famous to write your memoir and make it interesting enough for other people.

Maybe you want to tell your story because you want to be a famous writer. Maybe you just want to leave something for your children and grandchildren to remember you by. Maybe you think your experience can teach or touch people in similar circumstances. Or maybe just feel compelled to sing out loud. It doesn’t matter why. Just do it!

So what’s stopping you?

Most everyone has doubts.  I call them “buts.” These are the top “buts” that I hear:

1.    “But my story isn’t interesting.” 

2.    “But I can’t write.”

3.    “But I don’t know where to start.”

4.    “But I don’t have the time.”

But.  But but but but but but but.

Kick those buts.  Kick ‘em to the curb.

It has become my mission to help people find their voices. To help you – yes you – find your voice. Your story is interesting. If you can talk, you can write. I can help you find where to start, and I can give you tips and tricks about how to find the time. I’m a mother of teenagers and the managing partner in a law firm – if I can find the time, so can you.

Maybe you want to write a book. Maybe you just want to record your memories for posterity. Maybe you just want to write for your own personal benefit.  It doesn’t matter what your motivation is. You can, and you should.  And, if you let me help you, you WILL.

Here’s how:

I have a few different classes, workshops, and services I offer.

I have one-day memoir writing workshops where you come to a certain location and, in a friendly, supportive group, write a story which will be included in our end-of-workshop anthology published on Amazon.   To find out more about these one-day workshops, when they are given, where they are, and what you can expect, click here.

I have online short term memoir writing workshops which mirror the one-day workshops. These are designed for people who can’t dedicate an entire day to the task or who find travel more difficult. Or for people who would rather do this on the sofa in their pajamas.  For more information about these on-line short term memoir writing workshops, click here.

I have online long term memoir writing groups. These groups are designed to be nine months long, and have rolling admissions.  At the end of nine months, if you do what you are supposed to do, you will have a working draft of your book-length memoir.  For more information about this program, click here.

Or maybe you want to tell your story, but you don’t want to write it.  Guess what – I can help you with that, too. Click here to read more about my ghost writing services. 

All workshops include membership in exclusive Facebook groups which give you an ongoing, safe forum in which to bounce ideas, get constructive criticism, and generally interact with like minded people.  

It’s also possible you don’t know what you want. If that’s the case, fill out the form below to reach out to me. We can talk and see what is right for you. 

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Memoir Writing Classes and Workshops

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Lori Duff

Lori B. Duff is an award-winning author who practices law on the side.  Her latest book, "If You Did What I Asked in the First Place" was awarded the Gold Medal for humor in the Foreword INDIES awards in 2019. You can follow her on Twitter at @LoriBDuff and on Facebook. For more blogs written by Lori, click here. For more information about Lori in general, click here. If you want Lori to do your writing for you, click here. If you want Lori to help you market your book, click here.

Memoir Writing Classes and Workshops September 20, 2016