Pat Conroy Literary Festival
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Date & Time: Sunday, October 30, 2022 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
Location: None
Virtual: Zoom (instructions to be provided after registration — limited to 25 participants)
Cost: $45
Registration for Zoom: Eventbrite

Award-winning writer and veteran workshop instructor, Judy Goldman, will tell you everything you need to know to begin writing memoir — or, if you’re already engaged in writing memoir, how to take your work to a deeper level. This will be an all-instruction workshop. You’ll learn about beginnings, scene vs. summary, pacing, determining structure, the importance of reflection, and how to navigate family members’ feelings when you write about them. You’ll also hear strategies for keeping going when self-doubt threatens to derail you. For beginners and experienced writers alike.

About our instructor:

Judy GoldmanJudy Goldman is the award-winning author of seven books – three memoirs, two novels, and two collections of poetry. Her new memoir, Child, was named a Katie Couric Media Must-Read Book for 2022. Her recent memoir, Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap, was named one of the best books of 2019 by Real Simple magazine and received a starred review from Library Journal. Her work has appeared in USA Today, Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, Real Simple, LitHub, and many literary journals and anthologies. She has won numerous awards, including the Fortner Writer & Community Award for “outstanding generosity to other writers and the larger community,” the Hobson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Arts & Letters, and several awards for her books, including all three annual prizes awarded for a book of poetry by a North Carolinian. Born and raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina, she lives with her husband in Charlotte, NC.

Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun, said this about Child: “This moving memoir of a Black woman’s importance in a white family reminds me that behind, under, and above the racial divide in the South, there ran strong currents of abiding love and mutual protection. These currents Judy Goldman excels at exploring without illusion and with full humanity. What a brave and timely book.”

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