Exposure in Memoir: How to Write About Yourself & Others


You’re writing a memoir — or you want to write one— but you’re holding back out of fear of revealing yourself and others in it.

How do you include details that reveal parts of yourself you usually keep private?

How do you manage long-kept family secrets that play an important part in your story?

How do you deal with names of real people you need to include?

And what about the emotional challenges of telling some of the truths of your life? How do you get the guts to do it?

Other memoir authors have done it. Roxane Gay wrote her best-selling memoir Hunger, a story that involves a traumatic, pivotal truth she’d kept secret until publication.

In The Glass Castle, author Jeannette Walls wrote of growing up with two eccentric and dysfunctional parents. Her book touched the hearts of millions.

Cheryl Strayed (author of the best-selling memoir Wild) included details she considered important to her story, details some might question including—she has children.

In this 1-hour Zoom webinar—Exposure in Memoir—you’ll learn how to do it too. I’ll dive deep into issues concerning exposure and give you information that can help you. 

You’ll learn:

• tested methods to manage self-exposure and exposure of others

• practices published memoir authors use to overcome fear of exposure

• methods for protecting the privacy of people you write about

And more.


DATE: Tuesday December 7,  4 PST/7 EST


You can attend with video off or on. A recording will be sent to registered participants.

Everyone registered will receive get a template for consent to appear in your book as well as a handout, 10 Tips for Managing Exposure.

There will be time for Q/A, so if you can be present for the webinar, be sure to have your questions ready.


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Suzanne’s webinar answered so many of my questions about exposing the lives of other people in my memoir. She presented the material in a concise, logical manner that was easy to understand and really put my mind at ease. It’s amazing how much information she packed into a one-hour class. I feel free to write my full story now, knowing how to protect myself and others.  — Susan Hagen, Women at Ground Zero

Suzanne provides a safe context to ask questions and share insights as she draws from personal experience and demonstrates how successful authors have told their stories.  She brings her deep knowledge of the craft to encourage and inspire the writer in everyone.  I came away newly energized and eager to apply what I had learned to my own memoir writing.  — Mary Jane Elliot


Exposure in Memoir: How to Write About Yourself & Others December 15, 2017