Memoir Summit at Rosemont College

Sunday, October 20, 2013 | 12 - 3:45 p.m. | Lawrence Auditorium

Sponsored by: Rosemont College MFA in Creative Writing & the Philadelphia Writer's Conference

Explore the agonies and joys of memoir writing at Rosemont College.  The day features 4 free workshops with experts in the craft of memoir writing.   Register Now

 Author's Event
 Author's Biography
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Beth Kephart

On the Stories Within
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Author Beth Kephart will discuss various issues related to memoir writing, as well as read and lead an exercise from her craft book, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir.
Beth is an award-winning author of 16 books, including five memoirs. She teaches creative non-fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, is a frequent contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, and Publishing Perspectives. She also runs an award-winning boutique marketing company called Fusion. Her most recent book has received multiple starred reviews and was featured in O Magazine as a top writing book, alongside books by Stephen King, Philip Lopate, Betsy Lerner and Ray Bradbury.

Linda Joy Myers

Writing a Spiritual/Healing Memoir
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
As memoir writers, we're challenged to write beyond 'what happened' to get to layers of meaning and feelings that make writing a memoir such a satisfying experience. We'll talk about how to dig deeper into your story, and find the vignettes that help to weave your memoir together.
Linda is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers and the author of four books: Don't Call Me Mother - A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, The Power of Memoir - How to Write Your Healing Story, and a workbook The Journey of Memoir: The Three Stages of Memoir Writing. Her book Becoming Whole - Writing Your Healing Story was a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award. A speaker and award-winning author, Linda co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and offers editing, coaching, and mentoring for memoir, nonfiction, and fiction.
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Robert Waxler

Exploring the Relationship Between Memoir and Literature
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Robert will draw upon his two memoirs (Losing Jonathan and Courage to Walk) as examples for discussion in this context. He will also explore the loss of privacy as a theme - how vulnerable and naked do we dare to get as writers and what are the costs and benefits of this daring?
Robert is an English professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He co-founded the internationally known Changing Lives Through Literature program in 1991, and is the co-founder of the UMass Dartmouth Center for Jewish Culture. He has served as chairman of the English Department, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dean of Continuing Education. He has co-authored several books, including Changing Lives Through Literature, Finding a Voice, Transforming Literacy, Losing Jonathan, and Courage to Walk. He is currently at work on a new  book, Story and Real Life, exploring the relationship between linguistic narrative and the contingent experience of everyday life.
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Jerry Waxler

Memoir Revolution: Six Steps to Get Started and Keep Going
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
More and more people are discovering the rewards of transforming the meandering disorganized memory of life into the coherent, compelling expression of memoir. In this talk, you'll learn six steps that will help you join the social revolution, enabling you to use the ancient system of representation called story to share yourself with others.
Jerry teaches creative nonfiction at Northampton Community College. He is the author of the blog, Memory Writers Network,  and has written three books, including “Learn to Write Your Memoir,” and “Memoir Revolution: A Social Shift that Uses Your Story to Heal, Connect, and Inspire.” Jerry is a board member of the Philadelphia Writers Conference and is on the advisory panel of the National Association of Memoir Writers. He has spoken or taught at Rosemont College, Arcadia University, University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association, Montgomery County Community College, Greater Lehigh Valley Writer’s Group and Philadelphia Stories Push to Publish. He has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.

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Carla Spataro

Director, MFA in Creative Writing
610.527.0200 x2346

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