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The Story in Their Story: Genre Expectations in Memoir

May 12th @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

True stories have the power to connect us with the lives of others—and these deeply personal, yet universal, stories provide us with a way of seeing the world through a new lens. But finding and crafting that story in way that’s compelling to others is challenging for even the best of writers. As editors, understanding where writers are coming from and what their stories need can help you better help them.

This talk will cover the following:

  • how memoir as a genre compares to other narrative forms
  • how to help writers focus their story and target a specific market
  • how to handle some of the challenges innate to this genre

Tanya Gold is a book editor, editing instructor, writing coach, and literary omnivore. She has been in publishing for about 20 years and has worked on all kinds of cool books. These days, she edits mostly fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

It has been suggested that she reads too much for her own good. This might be true.

You can follow her and her editorial assistants on Twitter and on Instagram, and find out more about her on her website.

When: Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 pm

Where: Impact Hub Boston at 50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109. Room and floor number TBD.

The entrance to the building is on Devonshire Street. Please check in at the desk with a photo ID.

Parking: Nearby parking suggestions include 33 Arch Street Garage and the garage at Post Office Square. There is also metered parking around the Commons.




May 12
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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Impact Hub
50 Milk Street
Boston, MA 02109 United States