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Published author to host workshop for aspiring memoirists

It has been said that everyone has a story to tell. It’s likely not often been said that telling it is easy.

While the rich and famous rely on professional writers to put their life histories on bookstore shelves, the rest of us have to do it ourselves. But where do we start? How do we go about relaying our story in the most compelling way possible?

Author and writing instructor Ron Rozelle is offering “Telling Your Own Story,” a five-session memoir workshop for aspiring writers starting in February. Slated for Sunday afternoons from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM via Zoom, the course will kick off February 21 and run through March 21.

Rozelle explains that writing memoirs helps us connect with the people in the world around us.

“True renderings of real lives, coming directly from ‘the horses’ mouths’ as it were, are perhaps our most authentic written validation that we’re all – whoever we are, wherever we are and in whatever era or circumstances – on surprisingly similar journeys.”

Designed for beginners, experienced writers and teachers seeking professional development opportunities, the workshop will include lessons on storytelling techniques and approaches, research, planning and writing. 

“We’ll first determine what a memoir is and what it isn’t, help participants determine which life episodes they will choose to include and the thread, or motif, that will tie them together,” Rozelle says. “We will also look at ways to do the necessary research and develop the individual plan that will ultimately lead to the actual writing. The final sessions will consist of group critiques of plans and partial writing.” 

A retired English and creative writing teacher, Rozelle continues to mentor writers through his workshops at The Center, Houston Women’s Institute and the Lifetime Learning Society of Washington County. He was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2007 and named the Sam Houston State University Distinguished Educator of the Year in 2017.

Rozelle has published 10 books of fiction and nonfiction, including a memoir about his father’s Alzheimer’s experience, three novels and two Texas history narratives. His next novel, Leaving the Country of Sin, will be published in March. 

Workshop tuition is $100 for Brazosport Fine Arts Council members and $125 for non-members. For more information visit: https://bcfas.org/event/telling-your-own-story-a-memoir-writing-workshop/

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