Editing memoir is more than just editing someone’s life story. Often it’s about finding the story within a story—the part that will resonate most with the readers the memoirist is hoping to reach. Sometimes it’s about challenging the author to dig deeper or to broaden their approach. And in all cases, it means working with material so deeply personal that it can feel like you’re editing the writer themselves.
In this highly interactive class, we’ll work through a variety of memoir problems and solutions; tackle client relations and setting healthy boundaries for both parties; and discuss how to guide writers to uncover the story within their life.
Instructor Christina M. Frey, J.D. is co-executive of the Editorial Freelancers Association, a developmental/line editor and literary coach with Page Two Editorial (www.pagetwoeditorial.com), and a traditionally published graphic novelist. With over 20 years of experience in writing, editing, and publishing, she now works with select authors and small presses on full-length fiction and creative nonfiction. She specializes in helping both novice and experienced writers to develop and refine their authorial voice.