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    Whether you are writing a memoir to share your experience with the world or just for your family, memoirists are especially vulnerable to falling into the trap of “telling” versus “showing” because everything is a past memory. Kathrin Lake, author of “The Happy Hammock” series (her amusing memoirs of life in Mexico), will show you how to make your memoirs an active, compelling read using fiction techniques. Kathrin will lead exercises using writing prompts designed especially for memoir writing, as well as worksheets to help in structuring a memoir. Together participants will help each other leap over common pitfalls in memoir writing, including doubts and fears, and making their vulnerabilities the best part. Join her and other memoirists to learn how to make your memoir come alive for readers while remaining true to your story.

    Learning at this workshop will include:
    • Using fiction techniques to show vs. tell
    • How to tell the story versus telegraph it
    • Prompts for stories – writing exercise
    • Research and collection
    • Themes, how to get them and use them
    • Gimmicks, how to use them
    • Structuring
    • Getting over fears and hold backs
    • Timelining
    • Making it better – vulnerabilities
    • Exploring details – techniques that enhance story

    When KATHRIN LAKE was eight, she made up stories, cast the other kids in parts, raided her mother’s closet and then started rehearsals immediately. Much later she studied theatre and film at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C. Although she developed a passion for nonfiction by writing for newspapers and other publications, it was being in the theatre that reignited her storytelling days as a child. She started winning some awards and prizes in playwriting and screenplay writing. Later, Kathrin co-founded and taught for The Vancouver School of Writing and is a full time writer, story coach and professional speaker. Her well reviewed book on writing is Writing with Cold Feet as well as The A to Zen of Writing and her memoir series, The Happy Hammock. She lives in Canada and Mexico.

    Register for this online workshop at https://sanmiguelliterarysala.org/product/life-story-workshop-with-kathrin-lake/
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