What's Your Big Idea? Theme in Memoir, with Cathy Luna

The best memoirs tap into something universal in the human experience, teaching us something important about a larger theme (loss, courage, freedom, coming of age, etc.). But how, as writers, do we unearth the themes or big ideas at the heart of our own stories? And how do we structure and craft our memoirs so that these larger meanings shine? In this six-week workshop, we will learn essential craft elements and techniques to help illuminate the big ideas within our own true stories. Through specific craft exercises, examining published excerpts, generating new work and receiving supportive feedback, writers will develop a strong sense of their memoir’s big themes, as well as learning powerful tools to uncover their stories’ deeper meanings. 

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 6-week session begins September 9 ($245)

Cathy Luna, PhD has published excerpts from Missing Lessons, her memoir-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