Judy’s Memoir Workshop

Last updated on January 28th, 2024 at 04:56 pm

An online workshop with NY Times bestseller
Judy L. Mandel.
For individual coaching, write to judy@judymandel.com.

  • Why Would Anyone Care What I Have to Say?
    by Judy L Mandel on February 19, 2024 at 4:35 pm

    At some point, we writers have all asked ourselves why we do this, and who cares? Think about your favorite book of all time. It doesn’t matter if it’s memoir or fiction, or an essay that touched you. You are the person it was written for. It spoke to you in some way. Either showing you that you are not alone, or shining a light on a new perspective that helped you through a difficult time. Maybe you learned something. Maybe it was something about yourself that changed your life. Isn’t that why we read? It’s also why we write.

  • Memoir Work in Progress
    by Judy L Mandel on February 11, 2024 at 10:02 pm

    Sometimes after making the commitment to write a memoir, writers may be paralyzed by the enormity of the project. It can happen after writing the first chapter, or putting together the timeline of your story, or any time in between or in the midst of the project. There are some tools to fall back on when you feel overwhelmed or stuck that I’d like to suggest.

  • #7 Building a Scene in Your Memoir
    by Judy L Mandel on January 28, 2024 at 7:02 pm

    What makes a memoir, or novel, readable and memorable? For many books, I think it’s the scenes the writer conjures that the reader can visualize. The characters in the scene are three dimensional, with desires and obstacles and a particular goal in the scene. Descriptions are visceral and create the world in which the scene takes place, including visual and sensual elements. What the sky outside the window looks like if they are inside, or how the wind howls, or the sun dips in the sky.

  • Build Your Character in Your Memoir
    by Judy L Mandel on January 21, 2024 at 8:05 pm

    Life is a field of corn. Literature is the shot glass it distills down into. Lorrie Moore You may think that you know the character of your protagonist, of your own memoir, because it is you! But throw out that idea and approach the protagonist of your memoir as an individual that you need to explore inside and out. Try to divorce yourself from yourself in a way. It will help you in many ways as you go about this writing.

  • Finding The Timeline For Your Memoir
    by Judy L Mandel on January 14, 2024 at 6:07 pm

    A starting point, or a way in to your story is something we all struggle with as writers. Remember that a memoir is not a chronicle of an entire lifetime. It is a narrowly focused portion of a life, a time that had significant impact on the writer. A memoir can be about a moment, or a year, or a period of time during which your perspective changed. Or c…