To Prologue or Not to Prologue, that is the Question

Breakout Session


Love them or hate them, many memoirs begin with a prologue. In fact, many writers try to perfect their prologues before drafting a single word of their stories. While crafting a high-interest opening can energize your writing process, trying to create the perfect prologue during early drafts is a waste of time. During this breakout session we'll look at the function of a prologue, the kinds of prologues you can write, whether your book needs one, how to choose the right moment, and most importantly when to write one.

Key takeaways from this session:

  • Learn the function of a prologue
  • Discover the types of prologues you can write
  • Decide which moment might be right for yours

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  • Lisa Cooper Ellison

    Lisa Ellison is a writer, speaker, and writing coach with an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a background in mindfulness. A regular contributor to the Jane Friedman blog, her essays have appeared in Huffpost, Hippocampus Literary Magazine, and Kenyon Review Online, among others. She’s working on a memoir...