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YOUR LIFE IS A STORY: The Art of Memoir

April 10, 2021
Kay Kenyon
Via Zoom
Link will be sent by email the day before the event, United States

You’re invited to join us for a zoom meeting with Bill Kenower. We’ll have instruction, class interaction, and Bill will critique up to eight manuscript excerpts in session!

Saturday, April 10

9:30 AM – noon

$15 for Write on the River members; $30 for nonmembers. A few scholarships are available. Email Kay at tko@kaykenyon.com to request. Please indicate your city and state.

Below are registration details and how to submit your manuscript.

From Bill: Your life is a story, and if told correctly, a very interesting one. There is an art to taking the sprawling events of your life and reducing them down to a personal essay or memoir. Using Bill Kenower’s unique inside-out approach to writing, we will look at how to tell the fine difference between telling a story about your life, and using your life to tell a story. It doesn’t matter if you want to tell the story of how you’ve climbed Mount Everest, or falling in love for the first time, all stories are worth telling when you find their heart.

Students taking this class can expect to learn:

  • How to find the narrative arc in a personal story.
  • How to write about painful memories.
  • How to write about people who have mistreated you.
  • How to turn the most challenging moments from your life into a story that can help others.

William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence, Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, the forthcoming Everyone Has What It Takes: A Writer’s Guide to the End of Self-Doubt, and the Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine. In addition to his books he’s been published in The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, Edible Seattle, Parent Map, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.


1. You must be the author of the pages and be registered for the workshop.
2. The deadline for submission is April 4.
3. Email submissions only. Send to Kay at: tko@kaykenyon.com.  Subject Line: KENOWER CRITIQUE
4. Do not include your name on the pages, but please include it in the email.
5. On all pages, show page number and title of the piece.
6. Limit is five pages, double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font, 1 inch margins both sides.
7. Excerpt must begin on page one of your manuscript.
8. We will accept the first eight submissions that conform to the format above.
Upon receipt, Kay will confirm whether or not the submission is in the first eight received. Please note: We will email each registrant the eight pieces to be critiqued in mid-March so they can read the pieces beforehand; attendees might want to include the above email address in their contact lists to avoid spam filtering.




(The zoom link will be sent to registrants 24 hours in advance of the workshop.)


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