Finding Focus and Tackling Structure
a masterclass on memoir with author
Thursday, January 10, 09:30-15:00
When writing stories from real life, finding focus is a challenge as so many parts and people in our lives relate to each other.
The first part of this workshop will introduce you to several techniques of finding focus in your writing projects. We will examine texts and analyze how the writer managed to distill a larger story into a compelling narrative. We will also review several approaches to structure as focus alone does not necessarily help us find the right way to tell a story.
In the second part, we will discuss structure as we review students' manuscripts (up to 20 pages double-spaced) which must be submitted at least one week prior to the masterclass.
Maximum Participation: 10
Cost: 450 NIS if paid in full by Jan 1, 495 NIS subsequently.
Location: Talbiya or Katamon
Registration: Sign up and we will be in touch. Payment can be made via bank transfer, cheque/check or Pepper Pay.
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Annette Gendler is the author of Jumping Over Shadows (She Writes Press, 2017), the memoir of a German-Jewish love that overcame the burdens of the past. Her writing and photography have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Tablet Magazine, The Forward, Kveller, Bella Grace and Artful Blogging, among others. She served as the 2014–2015 writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois, and she has been teaching memoir writing at StoryStudio Chicago since 2006. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte.
From the Jewish Book Council review:
'In Annette Gendler’s compelling memoir, Jumping Over Shadows, the author juxtaposes her journey to Judaism (primarily in Germany, though she converted in Switzerland) with the story of her Christian great-aunt, who married a Jew in a German community within Czechoslovakia before World War II and saw her family torn apart because of it.'