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Writing Workshop

Levels: All Levels

Offered: Five Thursday Mornings in May, 10:30 - 12.00pm

Instructor: Sherry Halperin


Your Life ….Your Story

Over the next five weeks, participants will zero in on the main emphasis of their individual story, discover how to begin their book, learn the paths of getting their story published whether it be with an established publishing house or self publish for family and friends, and complete an outline and first chapter.  The classes are interactive, with positive criticism. I will be available via email to advise along the way with suggestions on the first chapter and help with any writer’s block that may happen.

  • Week 1     What is a memoir? Why is it important for you to get your story told? Who is it for – family/friends or public? Mechanics of starting. How does a memoir differ from a novel? Let’s start the writing process by zeroing in on the most important concept of your memoir and write a paragraph about it.
  • Week 2     Structure – let’s find the beginning, middle, end of your story. How to keep your story moving forward.  The temperature of truth and legal ramifications of dramatic license. Descriptive writing.
  • Week 3    Writing to music  –  we will explore how music contributes to our emotions. How to critique. Concentration on characters and setting while critiquing your first two pages that have been written outside of class.
  • Week 4     Nuts and Bolts – how to self publish, find an agent or publisher. Pros and cons of each. What is an  ISBN #, how to write a query letter, blogs, writer’s conferences, book festivals.
  • Week 5    Critique first completed chapter by participants in class.  Where you go from here.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Sherry Halperin wrote the best selling memoir
“RESCUE ME, HE’S WEARING A MOOSE HAT: And 40 Other Dates After 50” published by Perseus
Plubishing Group and optioned by Oscar nominated Frank Darabont for a feature film. She has also contributed articles to such publications as AARP Magazine, Today’s
Health as well as penning stories for many online zines . Sherry is a sought after keynote speaker and
has lectured all over the country. She is a producer of feature films, concerts and television, having
produced the award winning film “Adopt A Sailor” starring Bebe Neuwirth, Peter Coyote and Ethan Peck several years ago.

Fee: $140 / $122.50 (member price) Join Now

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