Roadmap to Revision: Make Your Memoir Agent-Ready

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Eastern

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Revising a memoir can feel overwhelming. But it’s a crucial process that helps memoirists take their story to the next level, making it compelling to readers and irresistible to agents.

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This webinar will address five approaches for revising memoir, including ramping up the stakes, honing the structure, and sharpening characters. We’ll explore published memoirs to identify what’s working, and then apply those techniques to our own manuscripts using hands-on exercises. We’ll discuss strategies for identifying weak areas in our memoir drafts, and develop action plans for how to address them. Finally, we’ll talk about how to know when your manuscript is “ready,” and what agents look for in your opening pages.

Expect to leave this webinar with a toolbox of revision strategies and a roadmap for honing your memoir draft.

In this webinar, you will:

  • LEARN five revision tools for strengthening your memoir manuscript, making it stand out to readers and agents.
  • EXPLORE how successful memoirs are crafted, drawing on revision techniques from published memoirs to improve your own manuscript.
  • BUILD a roadmap for your revision process by identifying weaknesses in your memoir, and developing strategies to address them.

There will be time for Q&A after the presentation.

This webinar is ideal for writers who have completed a draft of a memoir manuscript and want to revise it before querying agents. Will also be useful for anyone overwhelmed by the revision process and seeking concrete, actionable tools for starting the revision process.

All registrants receive a recording.

Closed captioning will be available.

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