Creative Writing Workshops with Cathy

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I teach workshops for creative writers through Writers in Progress Studio, in Florence, MA. You can find out more or register for a workshop here: Writers in Progress

Half-Day Workshops

What’s Your Big Idea? A Half-Day Workshop, with Cathy Luna (Online)

How, as writers, do we uncover the themes or big ideas at the heart of our own stories? In this half-day workshop, we will examine several best-selling memoirs for their themes and play with a variety of active techniques to help uncover and illuminate the big ideas within our own true stories. Workshop participants will leave with a strong sense of their memoir’s theme as well as how to structure their story around this central idea. Saturday, July 25, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Weekly Workshops

What’s Your Big Idea? Uncovering 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? 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

Shaping Your Memoir: A Writing Workshop, with Cathy Luna

You have an important story to tell, but what’s the best way to tell it? In this six-week workshop, we will examine and play with various ways to map, scaffold, and structure our stories. Through specific craft exercises, examining published excerpts, generating new work and receiving supportive feedback, writers will try out potential structures for their memoir and gain tools for choosing and incorporating a structure that will help their story shine.
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 6-week session begins October 28

Crafting Your Memoir, with Cathy Luna

This six-week generative online craft workshop is intended for writers who want to explore a variety of memoir-specific craft challenges, including creating dual narrative voices; the challenges of writing about real people in your life; dealing with characterization in memoir; ‘inventing’ dialogue for scenes when you may not remember precisely what was said; handling memory (or lack thereof); navigating narrative time; and believing in and owning your story.
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 6-week workshop begins January 6