Memoir Without Fear: Avoiding Trauma, Legal Issues and Your Mom’s Hurt Feelings

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Eastern

You have a powerful story to tell … but what if someone else doesn’t like the way you tell it?


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Or what if someone sues you? We all have a right to tell our own experience, but it’s hard to feel sure about our words when we’re wading through dark memories. Where does your book end, and will anyone really want to read it?

In this 75-minute live webinar taught by Allison K Williams, you’ll gain tools and skills for sharing your truth on the page without retraumatizing yourself as you write. You’ll learn key strategies for avoiding legal action and hurting feelings while writing truthful characters and scenes. And you’ll discover how to navigate real-life relationships with tact and confidence while feeling good about publishing your words.

This workshop will cover:

  • SETTING your own boundaries for privacy and safety without compromising your creative flow.
  • DETERMINING your strongest purpose for writing, and what “success” will look like to you.
  • Actual LEGAL ISSUES to consider vs. amorphous fears of “being sued.”
  • DEALING with social media trolls (and sure-fire scripts for deflecting real-life busybodies!)

There will be time for a Q & A at the end of the presentation.

This webinar is for:

  • Writers who want to honor their family’s privacy and their personal boundaries while telling important truths
  • Memoirists who want to finish their book, but are feeling blocked by fear or reluctance
  • Writers unsure if a memoir is the best way to tell their story
  • Writers approaching the submissions process and nervous about family reactions to their published work
  • Book coaches and editors working with memoirists

All registrants receive a recording.

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Please Note

It is not uncommon for classes to fill up before the end of early registration, particularly in the last few days before the deadline. If you know for certain that you wish to take a particular class, we recommend registering early. If you'd like to be added to a waitlist for a sold-out class, please email our director of education, Sharla Yates, at [email protected].

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I enjoyed reading other peoples work and getting feedback about my own work– the handouts/video links and class lessons were also very informative and relevantly paced to the give structural guidelines.

Catherine O’Neill