Katherine Standefer: Following the River: Pacing Your Memoir
1-3:15PM (3-5:15PM ET) SATURDAY, MARCH 13

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

What causes a book-length work to move forward with urgency? How do we avoid bogging readers down in a play-by-play? In this 2 hour intensive workshop, author Katherine E. Standefer draws on the writing of her debut book Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life to offer pacing strategies writers can bring to their own memoirs-in-process. We'll dig into the different types of material in a memoir, talk about place detail as an essential grounding, learn to recognize the opportunities for layering in character and context development, and experience how syntax-level choices can swell, fragment, or deaden the prose-- leaving the workshop with fresh eyes for our manuscripts-in-progress. 

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  • Cost: $50 per person, for one (1) session.
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Katherine E. Standefer’s debut book Lightning Flowers was shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. Her writing appeared in Best American Essays 2016. In 2018, Standefer was a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good. She earned her MFA in Nonfiction at the University of Arizona and teaches for Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA. She writes from a juniper-studded mesa in New Mexico, where she lives with her chickens.