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The Rutter Series of Memoir Writing Saturday, June 5

The Rutter Series of Memoir Writing

  • Location: Gorton Community Center
    400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Are you curious about memoir writing?

Lectures/seminars/conversations by veteran writer and editor David Rutter that explore the whole range of fun challenges for those interested or curious about writing a Memoir. They are related ideas subdivided into one-hour topics per session. You can enroll in one session or all six.

Memoir: What’s the Story
Saturday, June 5, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Class Fee: $35
This solves the most basic unanswered question before you write a memoir. What is it about really? You might think a memoir is the story of your life, but it’s not. You’re just an interesting character in that life. Once you learn to see what your memoir is and how you fit, the job of writing will get much easier.

Memoir: Find Your Voice
Saturday, June 19, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Class Fee: $35
What is your natural memoir writing “voice” and how do you find it? “Voice” is your natural story-telling language. How to learn how to write as you think, and think like you write so the words form a more natural, real-life flow from your storytelling voice. We’ll assess techniques to find comfort in your story-telling. How telling the story to yourself first before you write it can sharpen the choices. Tell me your story; I can help you work in story-telling, which is the essential nature of a Memoir.

Memoir: Don’t be Dull. Be Vivid. But How Do You Do That?
Saturday, July 3, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Class Fee: $35
Learn how to make your memoir memorable and elegant with more vivid word choices and writing rhythm. Writing is another form of musical rhythm and tone. You might have a great story but use flat, uninspiring words that don’t match with the drama, zest, or even the gentleness of the story. Writing is observation; learn how to observe your universe and your role in it. Finding the right words does not mean finding the biggest or most obtuse word possible.

For nearly 45 years, David Rutter was a writer, editor and publisher at six daily newspapers in five states, and then a featured suburban columnist for the Tribune and Sun-Times, plus a half-dozen North Shore magazines. At his core, Rutter Is a writer who’s reported from urban jungles, suburban swamps and rural quagmires. He wrote a successful World War II memoir— ”Olga’s War” —  for a family friend. That work grew into a full book, a chapter of which was turned into a documentary by PBS.

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If this class does not meet the minimum participation requirement, you will be notified of the cancellation within one week of the start date.

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