Make Your Memoir Matter
Taught by Karen Karbo
Three day intensive course; limited to 12 students ($245)
Friday, February 21, 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday, February 22nd, 1:00-5:00pm
Sunday, February 23, 1:00-5:00pm
If you think you’d like to write a memoir some day, this class may not be for you. This three day intensive is for writers who are working on a memoir. You’ve begun to tell your story, in all its dramatic and loving detail. Now comes the hard part: who cares? How do you draw readers in? How do you create a story that is at once personal and universal? In one weekend, students will work intensively on their memoirs, discover where its heartbeat lies and how to make it matter for readers.
Karen Karbo’s 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was an NYT Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. She is most well known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series, the most recent of which is Julia Child Rules, published in October 2013.
Finding A Literary Agent
Taught by Betsy Amster
Thursday, February 13th, 7:00-9:00pm
one class meeting only ($40)
With the publishing world in flux, having a literary agent ready to do battle for you has become more important than ever before. But how do you choose among the hundreds of agents in business? Join literary agent Betsy Amster as she explores what it takes to find an agent able to help you reach your goals. You’ll learn:
· how to research agents
· foolproof ways to make agents seek you out
· the fine art of interviewing agents
· how to understand agency representation agreements
· how to ensure a long and profitable relationship
Betsy Amster is president of Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises, a literary agency in Los Angeles and Portland. Before opening her agency in 1992, she spent ten years as an editor at Pantheon and Vintage and two years as editorial director of the Globe Pequot Press. A frequent instructor at The Loft, Betsy has also run publishing workshops at Mediabistro, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program.
Stay tuned for more announcements of upcoming classes!