As some of you know, I’ve spent the past three years helping teens find their voice and power by writing their personal stories through Write to Right, a program I co-founded with high school English teacher Marjiet Bowker. But last fall, I had the opportunity to offer a similar writing workshop to adults at the Write on the Sound Conference in Edmonds. That’s when I realized how many adults have stories that need to be told.
I’ve wanted to offer this workshop for a while now, and when I mentioned it to fellow memoir author/writing instructor Corbin Lewars, we realized we share a passion for personal storytelling and decided to collaborate to offer the one-on-one help needed to quickly bring stories to life. If you have a story to tell, I hope you’ll join us. And if you know someone who may be interested, please help us spread the word.
WRITE YOUR STORY
Do you have a story in you? One you need to tell, but don’t know how? One you have been holding inside, hoping it will go away, but it doesn’t? This intensive five-week workshop will help you identify that story and write it in the best way possible. Memoir authors/writing instructors Corbin Lewars and Ingrid Ricks will work one-on-one with you to identify the story you need to write, and structure that story so you know exactly how to tell it. From there, they will teach you how to bring your story to life through dialogue, description, character development, sensory details and other proven narrative writing techniques. The workshop will end with an intimate in class-reading.
Ingrid Ricks (www.ingridricks.com) is the author of the The New York Times bestselling memoir Hippie Boy, and Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa. She is currently working on a memoir about her quest to save her eyesight, and is blogging about her journey at www.determinedtosee.com.
Ingrid’s essays and stories have been featured on Salon and NPR. Along with writing, she is passionate about leveraging narrative writing to give teens a voice. She is cofounder of WritetoRight.org, a nationally recognized program that transforms students’ lives through personal storytelling, and works as an author mentor in several high schools.
Corbin Lewars (www.corbinlewars.com) is the author of PNBA and Washington State book awards nominee Creating a Life: The memoir of a writer and mom in the making, Losing Him, Gaining You: Divorce as Opportunity (February, 2014) and the novel Swings (March, 2015). She is currently working on another memoir about breast cancer. Her personal essays have been featured in over twenty-five publications including Mothering, Hip Mama and the Seattle PI as well as in several writing anthologies. She has been helping others write their story for over twenty years. She teaches at the Richard Hugo House and at national conferences and works with individuals one-on-one in her office in Ballard. She holds a Master’s in Education.