How to Write About Friends and Family in Memoir

Tammy Letherer, Author and Writing Coach

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6 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction

      3:12
    • 2. Facing Your Fears

      7:15
    • 3. Boundaries and Ownership

      3:13
    • 4. The Three Questions That Will Guide Your Writing

      3:47
    • 5. Practical Tips for Turning Loved Ones into Compelling Characters

      1:46
    • 6. Wrap Up and Class Project

      3:10

About This Class

Creating compelling characters is challenging, and writing about the real people in your life can be downright terrifying! How much do you share? Will those close to you recognize themselves? What material is yours and what is off-limits? 

Whether you’re writing memoir or fiction, you WILL face these challenges as you write about what--and who--you know. 

This class will help you navigate these sticky situations without compromising the integrity of your story.

Lessons will include:

  • Facing your Fears
  • Boundaries and Ownership
  • Three Questions to Ask Yourself
  • Practical Tips for Turning Loved Ones Into Compelling Characters

"Don't forget-- no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell." -Charles de Lint