TEDx Talk: Green-Light Revolution: Your Creative Life on Your Terms

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Self and Hybrid Publishing Workshop (Jan 25)

Rockridge Library
5366 College Ave.
Oakland, CA
10:30 AM-1 PM

During the first hour I’ll be delivering a talk about indie publishing.

In the second, I’ll be joined for a panel that offers a hands-on take on the state of book publishing and what indie authors need to know. I’ll be joined by writers Laurie R. King and Heather Haven join literary strategist Zoë Quinton and literary agent Andy Ross.

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SFWC Master Class (Feb 13)

Thursday, February 13, 6:30-9:30 pm

Please join me for my masters class, an offering from the San Francisco Writers Conference.

How to Write a Memoir that Moves Readers and Captures Publishers’ Attention

Registration: $99

There is much to know about the craft of memoir—and in this master class, you’ll be treated to memoir expert Brooke’s enthusiasm for the genre and its craft. Yes, memoir is about storytelling, but it’s so much more than that. Here you’ll get a recap and a deep dive into why it’s important to think about your memoir as a series of scenes, and why theme needs to be an early consideration. This class also covers character/ characterization, flashback and memory, and narration (including voice, tracking time, and transitions), and the all-important craft of reflection and takeaway, leaving students with the most important skillset beyond storytelling, which is the ability to discern and deliver what really matters onto the page.

In this workshop, Brooke—author of three books about memoir, and three other books on writing and publishing, will teach students:
• How to write a scene—where to start and end them, how to track them, and why to think of them as the foundation of your story.

• How memoir reads like fiction—with characterization, flashbacks, and narration that focuses on telling a good story.

• How memoir is different than fiction, particularly when it comes to reflection and takeaway, the heart of memoir.

• Why there’s so much more to memoir than just “what happened” and how to track the universal moments of resonance for readers.

• How to think about their own story as commercial and salable, even if it’s very specific and very niche, for the sake of thinking through what will move readers and capture publishers’ interest.

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San Francisco Writers Conference Keynote (Feb 15)

I’m looking forward to delivering the Saturday morning keynote at the San Francisco Writers Conference: Embracing Your Bold Beautiful Publishing Dream

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Publishing University (April 2-4)

I’ll be back for Publishing University 2020, this year in Redondo Beach. I hope any aspiring publishers will consider attending this worthwhile event!

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Fremont Area Writers Special Memoir Event (April 25)

April 25
2:30 to 4:15 pm

42 Silicon Valley (formerly DeVry University) 6600 Dumbarton Circle
Room 106

I will be presenting to the Fremont Area Writers alongside Linda Joy Myers (President of the National Association of Memoir Writers) about memoir and publishing.

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Voice in Memoir: 4-Week Master Class (May)

4 Tuesdays: May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26

Early-bird registration: $129

Class 1. The Evolution of Your Voice—Your Story, On and Off the Page

Class 2. Permission, Deciding What to Share, and Understanding the Many Layers of Self-Expression

Class 3. Finding the Courage to Create a Bridge from Your Heart to the Page

Class 4. The Art of Narration and How to Help Your Words Paint Pictures

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Your Memoir, Your Moment (May 1)

Early bird registration: $179

Join us on May 1st for a special day of memoir. We’re ringing in a new decade with YOUR MEMOIR, YOUR MOMENT, featuring:

Elizabeth Gilbert, best-selling memoirist

Joshua Mohr, author of Sirens

Alia Hannah Habib, literary agent

with memoir gurus Brooke Warner & Linda Joy Myers

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Bay Area Book Festival (May 2-3)

At this year’s festival I’ll be interviewing Lidia Yukovitch onstage and moderating a panel on memoir. More details to come and I hope Bay Area folks will drop in for this amazing weekend event.

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BookExpo (May 27-29)

BookExpo 2020 is happening May 27-29 and I’d love to connect with authors and old friends. Drop me a line if you’re planning to attend and please get on the guest list for the IBPA happy hour.

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ALA Chicago (June 25-30)

She Writes Press and SparkPress will be attending ALA this year. If you’ll be there come visit our booth. We’d love to see you!

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Write On, Sisters Writing Workshop (July 24-28)

5-Day Intensive All-Women Writing Workshop

Peters Valley School of Craft, located in the beautiful Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area of New Jersey.

Tuition: $615 (lunch is included)

In this experiential workshop, an intimate group of women writers will go on a journey through the emotional landscape of writing and self-expression. You will excavate truths, uncover the power of your message and your purpose, and build a plan to amplify your calling. Based on the principles from the instructor’s newest book, Write On, Sisters! Experiential elements will include hiking, photography, body movement, and fabric marbling as creative outlets and expressions. This workshop aims to be your springboard into the next phase of your writing and publishing journey that’s been waiting for you to arrive.

Advanced Beginner and Beyond

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Milford Readers & Writers (September 10-13)

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

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Magic of Memoir Conference (Sept 25-27)

Sept 25-27
Corte Madera, CA

Details are still in the works, but Linda Joy Myers and I will be hosting an in-person MAGIC OF MEMOIR conference this fall. Save the date!

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Kauai Writers Festival (November)

I’m honored to be returning to the Kauai Writers Conference in 2020.

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