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Workshop Descriptions

How to write a biography everyone wants to read : Lessons from the memoir revolution

If you are writing a life history you may wonder how to organize the complicated emotions and events of the journey into a story that will be appreciated by strangers. In this 4 week tele-workshop, Jerry Waxler offers lessons gleaned from the exploding marketplace of memoirs. By understanding how memoir authors have packaged their lives into books, you can learn how to follow their lead.

Who should attend

The course is intended for biographers, personal historians, and any life writer who wishes to fit their product into the marketplace.

You will learn:

  • What readers want from life stories, and how to give them what they want.
  • How to take advantage of the increasing openness towards life stories in all their variety.
  • How to target interview questions and organize material for authentic and compelling life stories.
  • Identify niches that can help find the slant that will best fit the marketplace.

About the course:
The course consists of four one-hour phone sessions. After each session, you will apply exercises to your own personal history or memoir. To increase mutual support and brainstorming, you'll be invited to post your writing on a private group, established for members of this class.

General Fee $120 Association of Personal Historians: $110


Or send a check to Jerry Waxler, PO Box 99, Quakertown, PA 18951

Dates: Mondays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3
5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern

Jerry Waxler M.S. is a speaker, writing coach, and author in Quakertown, PA. He is author of Learn to Write your Memoir in Four Weeks a Step by Step Guide to Recording the Stories of Your Life. Read his posts about memoir readinig and writing at