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Memoir: The Two-Way Mirror

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St. Edward's University
Doyle 130
Austin, TX 78704

4/6/2013 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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with Donna Johnson

$49 for members (log in for member price)

$109 for nonmembers


Rewrite your life!

Transform the ordinary, the tragic, and the dull-as-dirt into a compelling memoir.

Whether working on a literary memoir or putting together a personal narrative for children and grandchildren, our job as writers is to unlock the meaning of the past and to tell a damn good story. In this workshop we will construct a StoryLine™, a personalized tool that organizes life events into a narrative arc and helps uncover how these events shape who we are today.

Writers will be exposed to traditional and more experimental modes of story telling and will have opportunity to apply these methods to their own projects. The end result: a working outline with emotional resonance and several pieces that jump-start your story and/or deepen the narrative.

Donna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a critically acclaimed memoir about growing up among The Elect. The book won the 2007 Mayborn Creative Nonfiction Prize and took first place in the Spirituality category at last year’s Books For A Better Life Awards in New York. Donna’s work has appeared in several anthologies as well as Huffington Post, The Rumpus, the Psychology Today blog, the Dallas Morning News and other publications. She lives in Austin, where with the help of family and friends, she works at becoming a regular person.


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This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. 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 


The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit