Jan 2018 Forum: Ordinary Lives – Extraordinary Stories: A Memoir Workshop with Author Jim Koepke

Ordinary Lives – Extraordinary Stories

 

The beginning of a short memoir of your life might read like this:

 

I was born on a dark and stormy night. My days remained blustery — school was difficult for me, and my parents argued all of the time. My luck changed when…

Whether you curl up with memoirs on a frequent basis or pick one up every now and again, you know powerful memoirs have the capacity to take you, as a reader, for an exhilarating ride.

Thanks to the popularity of bestselling memoirs by ordinary people, if you have ever thought about shaping your memories into stories, there has never been a better time to do so.  Every person has a story to tell, but few beginners know how to uncover their story’s narrative potential.   Our guest speaker, Jim Koepke, will be the first to say that if you are not an accomplished writer, don’t let that stop you!

Koepke will discuss why people should write memoirs, how to record your life history and how to structure and organize memoir writing.   Most importantly, he’ll show us how memoir writing is linked to our well-being and overall health.

This evening Memoir workshop will cover the basics principles of Memoir writing:

  1. Why – why I should write my memoirs
  2. How – how do I get started
  3. Who – who should I contact
  4. Research – how to research and gather information
  5. Structure – how I should structure and organize my memoirs

Participants should be sure to bring a paper and pen and we will allow some time for questions after the presentation.

A Memoir is about handing over your life to someone and saying, “This is what I went through, this is who I am, and maybe you can learn something from it.  It’s honestly sharing what you think, feel, and have gone through. If you can do that effectively, then somebody gets the wisdom and benefit of your experience without having to live it.”                                           ~ Jeannette Walls, author of the NY Times bestseller memoir, The Glass Castle

Our Presenter

Jim Koepke is an author of six books, and regularly teaches workshops on writing.  He is the founder of the Bloomington Writer’s Festival, has appeared on radio programs across the nation and is a professional skills trainer in Organizational Development.  For over 30 years,  Jim was an award winning-manager in Mental Health and Social Services at Hennepin County.  In his spare time, he enjoys long distance running and is an avid outdoorsman.

 

 

Event Information

Monday, January 8, 2018
6:30 pm – Registration, Networking
7:00 pm – Presentation
Mankato State University at Edina
7700 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
Price:
SHIFT Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $25.00

SEATING IS LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT.

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