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"Finding the Best Stories of Your Life" with Christine Wicker

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ACC Highland Campus, rm 2105
6101 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

3/12/2016 From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


$99 for members (log in for member pricing)

$159 for nonmembers

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, March 10. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $109 for members and $169 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

In life, it all counts. But memoir is not life. It is a meaningful reconstruction of life. Stories in memoir must have a point that contributes to the whole. So:

· How do you know which stories to choose?
· How do you evaluate which stories contribute to drama, coherence and meaning?
· How do the stories that are chosen fit together into something bigger than merely a collection of unrelated events?

Those are weighty questions that make the difference between a memoir that captivates an audience and one that doesn’t go anywhere.

You already have the answers. You just don’t know how to find them. In this daylong workshop, we will use individualized timelines to reveal answers to these questions and more.

Veteran writer and editor Christine Wicker will show you how to evaluate which stories must be in the memoir and which ones don’t do enough to be included. She will show you how to establish the patterns in your life story that add up to a compelling meaningful narrative. Most importantly, she will teach you how to “read” yourself, helping you see the patterns and emotional connections that bind the most pivotal stories in your life. If time allows, there will be time for participants to put lessons into practice, share excerpts, and gain valuable feedback.

By the end of this hands-on experience, you will have a powerful new tool that will move you from uncertainty to confidence.

About the instructor:

Christine Wicker's next book will be about how FDR's spirituality guided him as he led the nation through depression and war, changing America forever. It will be published by the Smithsonian Press. Her seventh and most recent book,
My Spirit Took You In, is a memoir about the fiancée of Thomas Eric Duncan, America's first Ebola victim. Among her work is a true crime book about a serial killer, an investigative expose of American evangelical power, and a New York Times bestseller that tells the story of Lily Dale, the country's only town where everyone talks with the dead. Barnes & Noble honored her as a member of their Discover New Writers series. For 17 years, she was an award-winning reporter and columnist with The Dallas Morning News.


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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For policies, please visit our Classes page.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at

Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to

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