Structuring Your Memoir (by Thinking Like a Novelist!)

Breakout Session


Where should your memoir begin? How should it end? What's an “inciting incident” or a “climax” when you’re looking at your life? Maybe you’ve got a messy pile of personal history to sharpen and focus. Or something amazing happened, but you’re not sure it’s enough for a whole book. Learn how to structure your memoir or collection to engage readers, agents and publishers. Suitable for those with an idea, a draft, or a terrifying pile of material: Discover how to tell the right story about the story you need to tell.

Key takeaways from this session:

  • Find the underlying structure of your memoir or collection that will show what events belong—and what’s missing
  • Includes a PDF workbook with structures your manuscript can “try on” at home
  • Learn where your memoir should start—and how to nail the ending



  • Allison K Williams

    Author of SEVEN DRAFTS: SELF-EDIT LIKE A PRO FROM BLANK PAGE TO BOOK, Allison has coached/edited writers to deals with Penguin Random House, Knopf, Mantle and literary presses. As co-host of The Writers Bridge and Brevity’s Social Media Editor, she’s inspired thousands of writers to finish—and sell—their books. Her own...