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On the Road to Valrico: Let’s Talk Life Story in 1,000 Words or Less

This Saturday, I’ll hit the road and head toward Florida’s west coast to Valrico, outside of Tampa. I am excited to meet with the Bloomingdale Life Writers at the Bloomingdale Regional Library (1906 Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico, FL 33596) to share my talk, “Micro-Memoir: Life Story in 1,000 Words or Less” from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In his marvelous way with words, Mark Twain once said, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” Very true!

Writing short involves more than one may initially realize. Micro-memoir is a

deceptively complex genre because to write long is usually much easier. Yet, at the same time, writing short can be incredibly powerful.

Less can be more. Writing short forces writers to distill experiences into just a few pages or paragraphs, zeroing in on specifics of conversations, gestures, and action.

In this presentation we examine the micro-memoir genre, share tips on how to write your story in fewer words, review stories of some of the best in the business, and practice writing short in response to a variety of prompts. Embrace the challenge of telling a life-based story-–beginning, middle, and end-–in 1,000 words or less.

This presentation is open to the public, does not require registration, and is free to attend. I hope you’ll join me to learn more about the creative ways we can capture our amazing life stories.

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