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Memoir Intensives - Mechanics' Institute (September 6)

57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104


Class 1: Intro to Memoir (90 minutes)

Friday, September 6, 2019 – 10:30am to noon

Registration: $29-$39

In this 90-minute class, Brooke will present what makes a memoir a memoir. This class will cover a bit of history about memoir, the definition of memoir, and what makes memoirs saleable. Brooke will do a deep dive into the genre of memoir to give students an overview of why it stands alone, how it’s different from fiction (beyond just the fact that what happened is true), and why it’s so very different from autobiography. The class will cover memoir’s own rocky reception—as a genre that’s both well-loved but also that people love to hate—and why this is the case. We’ll discuss some of the best-loved memoirs of all time as well, and end with a discussion about why memoir matters and how it has the capacity to change the life of the writer and make a lasting impact on the lives of readers as well.


Class 2: Advanced Memoir—Craft and Techniques (3 hours)

Friday, September 6, 2019 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Registration: $59-$69

There is so much to know about memoir craft—and in these three hours you’ll be treated to Brooke’s enthusiasm for the genre and its craft. Yes, memoir is about storytelling, but it’s so much more than that. The opening hour will hone in on scene, and how to think about your memoir as a series of scenes, like pearls on a necklace, and why theme needs to be an early consideration when you’re choosing which scenes to include. Hour two will focus on character/ characterization, flashback and memory, and narration (including voice, tracking time, and transitions). The final hour will be dedicated to the heart of memoir—reflection and takeaway—leaving writers with the most important skillset beyond storytelling, which is the ability to discern and deliver what really matters onto the page.

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Milford Readers and Writers Festival (September 20-22)

I’m thrilled to be returning to this incredible festival in Milford, PA.

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Writers Workshop: Mastering Memoir (September 28)

Sat, September 28, 2019 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

Twin Pines Lodge 40 Twin Pines Lane Belmont, CA 94002

Cost: $75


In this four-hour workshop, you’ll take a deep dive into the craft of memoir with memoir expert and enthusiast Brooke Warner. Brooke brings energy and passion to her teaching of memoir, supporting writers to find ways to make their stories bigger and more meaningful than simply “what happened.” In this workshop, Brooke will guide writers through the most important craft elements—scene, narration, character development/characterization, memory and flashback, reflection and takeaway. The workshop will include an examination of popular memoirs that execute these elements of craft beautifully so that writers will grasp how to implement what they learn into their own writing. Whether you’re a beginning memoirist or well into your project, this workshop will give you hands-on strategies to deepen your work and, most importantly, write scenes and characters that make readers care. Brooke’s deep experience and love of memoir makes this course both fun and inspiring, and we’d love to have you join us.

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Write In/Write On! (part of the 20 in 20 for LitQuake—Oct 13)

October 13
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Marin Writers’ Nest
305 Montecito Dr. Ste A, Corte Madera, CA 94925

An afternoon of writing, confabbing over wine, and a chance to read a short piece with Brooke Warner, publisher, writing coach, and author of Write, On Sisters!. Brooke will speak about why community matters, reframing rejection, and why it’s more important than ever to elevate women’s voices. All participants receive a copy of Write On, Sisters!. Male writer allies welcome.

Cost is $40.

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Kauai Writers Festival (November 2019)

I’m honored to be returning to the Kauai Writers Conference in 2019.

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