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Memoir Revision Workshop

Date & Time: Saturday, October 12 | 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Bangor Public Library
Maximum Attendees:
Member: $45 | Nonmember: $100
Registration Closes: October 7

Writing a memoir is hard. Revising a memoir is harder. As a writer digs deep into their trove of memories and personal history, how can they access the perspective of the audience in order to ensure that their story is clear and engaging?

During the revision process, memoir writers must consider more than structure and flow. Coherent timelines, vivid characterization, and alternative perspective-taking are also essential elements. Many writers confront one of the most challenging questions of memoir while revising: Is this story really mine to tell?

In this workshop, attendees will complete various individual and group exercises to explore several techniques for revision, identify the unique challenges presented by their own work, and create strategies for accessing emotional truth as they revise.

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10:30 AM10:30

HOW TO BUILD AN AUTHOR PLATFORM A Business of Writing Panel Discussion

Reserve a spot here! Free for members, $5 for nonmembers.

The “author platform” can be a slippery concept to explain. At its essence, it means an author’s ability to sell books because of who they are or who they can reach.

Agents and publishers often seek writers with platforms for the simple reason that authors who are more visible to their readers and to the general public sell more books. For writers, this means that building a platform—by growing a social media following, publishing articles and stories, practicing good literary citizenship, etc.—is often an important step along the way to publishing a book; and it’s an especially important aspect of marketing a self-published book.

In this panel, authors Jennifer Jacobson, Abby Norman, and Jodi Paloni will discuss how they built their platforms. They will address their experiences across social media, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as well as creating a podcast, publishing articles and stories, other methods they have found particularly effective (or ineffective) for connecting with potential readers, and answer audience questions.

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Abby Norman in conversation with Michele Lent Hisrch
7:00 PM19:00

Abby Norman in conversation with Michele Lent Hisrch

Abby will be joined by Michele Lent Hirsch, who will also be discussing her book INVISIBLE: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine. In Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine, Lent Hirsch explores the often-ignored but substantial demographic of young women dealing with serious ailments in their 20s and 30s. Despite societal ideas of wellness, she writes, “young women are, statistically, the primary demographic for many major illnesses.” From cancer and autoimmune diseases, to chronic pain and mobility impairments, women are trying to forge careers, find love, have sex, build friendships, and plan a future, all while struggling in unexpected ways from serious health issues and unrealistic, often sexist expectations. 

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