International Women's Writing Guild
Friday Free Write with Robin Stein
Create a Sensational Memoir
When you write a memoir, make it come alive for your reader by bringing in the five senses. What did you see that winter’s morning when you peered out the window? What did you hear your parents saying? What smell wafted in from the kitchen? How did your first bite of breakfast taste? How did the doorknob feel in your hand as you left the house?
Through writing exercises and short readings, we will explore ways to draw readers into your world. We will discuss how to craft a memoir which conveys personal history along with universal themes. How do we weave symbolic threads through our writing? How can we employ objects to reflect emotion and ideas? How can we make our story resonate for others?
Whether you write memoir, fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction, you will discover ways to use the senses to create authentic and engaging pieces. Workshop members will be encouraged to share their writing and ideas with the group. We will follow Mary Oliver’s Instructions for Living a Life: “Pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.”
Robin Stein grew up in New York City across the street from the Jackson
Heights Public Library. She started writing at age five and never stopped. After studying literature at Queens College, she attended Boston University Law School. While practicing consumer and environmental law, she kept writing.
She received a poetry grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and her work appeared in Sidelines, Home Planet News, the new renaissance, day tonight/night today, 50 Give or Take and The Paterson Review.
Her children’s book, My Two Cities: A Story of Immigration and Inspiration, is a memoir in verse about Hanni Myers who fled Vienna as a child at the start of World War II.. Robin and Hanni speak to audiences of all ages about this important story. Learn more at the website: robinsteincreative.com.
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