Incorporating Research in Memoir, with Cathy Luna

“A memoir without research is like a house without windows.” -Heather Lanier

Research can provide context and a larger view for your readers. It can also spur memory and inspire metaphors, for you, the writer. In this half day workshop, we will learn ways to make your story more powerful by incorporating research. Join beloved Writing Coach and memoirist Cathy Luna for this informative workshop! Through specific craft exercises, examining published excerpts, generating new work and receiving supportive feedback, writers will practice using research to:

  • Identify research topics and sources;
  • Mine research for compelling metaphors;
  • Recognize and avoid research rabbit holes; and,
  • Incorporate research into our writing using different narrative voices.

Saturday, January 8, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($75)

Cathy Luna, PhD has published excerpts from Missing Lessons, hermemoir-in-progress, in Lunch TicketCONSEQUENCE, and The River Teeth Journal.  A former  faculty member at UMass Amherst, Cathy has taught writing for more than thirty years. Since 2010, she has been a writing consultant and writing coach for Five College faculty writers.

Cathy Luna