When Thu Sep 23 7pm — 8:30pm
Where Classroom - North Lobby
1825 Monetary Ln #104 Carrollton, TX 75006
What Learn how to tell compelling stories about your life.
Host Page Walker
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  • Cost: Free

Cancellations for this event must be made before September 23, 2021 — 7:00pm.

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About this Event

"Someone should write my life story. I have at least one good book in me."

I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone say something like this. Yes, someone should write your life story -- and that "someone" Is you.

Whether you're just journaling for yourself in order to sort out your thoughts, writing a memoir for your grandkids to read one day, working on a book about your life you intend to publish and sell, or want to start a blog, this class will help get you on the right track.

In this class, we'll talk about how to figure out which part(s) of your life you should focus on, real-time methods for documenting your life so you can write about it later, how autobiographical work is usually consumed and marketed, and ways to avoid some of the potential social and legal pitfalls† of the genre.

Writing about your life is one of the most intense experiences you'll ever have as a writer. It can be incredibly fulfilling. It can also be fraught with unique stress -- when you're the main character in your work, you're also writing about people you know. They become characters in whatever you write.

We'll talk about ways of handling this so you don't destroy all your friendships in the process, as well as a brief rundown of common legal concerns† that crop up when writing about other people.

There will also be a special module for fiction writers -- on how to base fiction on your real-life experiences and characters on people you know.


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This class is hosted by Writerspace, Dallas Makerspace's resident writing group, but is open to anyone who wants to learn about this subject, including non-members and beginner writers.

Please note that face masks are currently required for all indoor events at Dallas Makerspace, including this one.

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† Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and certainly not your lawyer; when in doubt, consult an attorney.