“Writing a Compelling Memoir” February 4 meeting of the IWOSC/SPAWN writers’ group in Thousand Oaks

Event Details

The meetings have moved to Goebel Center.

 “Writing a Compelling Memoir”
With Diana Raab, MFA, Ph.D., a memoirist, poet, essayist, blogger, thought-provoker, and speaker

For the first meeting of the year at a new location, IWOSC/SPAWN VC Chapter will discuss one of the most vibrant parts of the literary world—Memoirs. This is a joint meeting for the Independent Writers of Southern Calfornia, and the national literary organization the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network. It is open to the public.
Memoirs continue to increase in popularity amongst the book-purchasing public. In recent years the memoir has come to the forefront of American literature as a popular form for both writers and readers. The best seller list is often clogged with memoirs, or, at least, books that claim to be memoirs. Despite the nagging question of how true any autobiographical information really is, readers nevertheless devour books.
Dr. Diana Raab, award-winning author of nine books, will offer you tips and wisdom on how to write a compelling memoir at the first 2019 meeting of the IWOSC/SPAWN writers’ meetings, which have moved to Goebel Center in Thousand Oaks. Dr. Raab’s talk is suitable for writers currently working on a memoir and for those who have been contemplating writing one.
In her latest book, Writing for Bliss, she explains what is most fundamentally about reflection, truth, and freedom. With techniques and prompts for both the seasoned and novice writer, she leads you to tap into your creativity through storytelling and poetry, examines how life-changing experiences can inspire writing, pursue self-examination and self-discovery through the written word, and, understand how published writers have been transformed by writing. She will cover some of this material during her talk.
The meeting begins promptly at 6:30 pm and ends around 8 pm. Dr. Raab will have books for sale after she speaks. People are asked to RSVP to attend at: http://spawn.org/rsvp-for-iwosc-spawn/

 Diana Raab, MFA, Ph.D. is a memoirist, poet, essayist, blogger, thought-provoker, and speaker who holds national workshops on memoir writing and writing for healing and transformation. She’s an award-winning author of nine books, over 1000 articles and poems, and editor of two anthologies, Writers on the Edge: 22 Writers Speak About Addiction and Dependency, and Writers and Their Notebooks.

Dr. Raab’s two memoirs are Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journaland Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey. She has 4 poetry collections. Her latest books are Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story andTransforming Your Life, and Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal.  She’s been writing for more than five decades. She is a regular blogger for Psychology Today and Thrive Globaland is a frequent guest blogger. For more information, check out her website, dianaraab.com.

IWOSC/SPAWN VC February 4 Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Diana Raab

Topic: “Writing a Compelling Memoir”
6:30 to 8 pm
$5 fee
RSVP at: http://spawn.org/rsvp-for-iwosc-spawn/Location:
Goebel Senior Center
1385 E Janss Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362A donation of $5 at the door.
Refreshments available so plan to stay and meet other area writers.Both IWOSC and SPAWN are California 501 (c) (3) organizations.

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