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Sunday, April 7 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
10K: How to Sell a Memoir If You Aren’t a Celebrity or a Politician
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The memoir market is more competitive than ever. Two dozen agents told me my memoir was beautiful but no publisher would buy it because I wasn’t a celebrity. Instead of getting discouraged, I retooled my approach, found an agent, and got a publishing deal.

In this session, I’ll unpack how I turned things around. I’ll discuss how I framed my memoir as more than just a personal narrative by identifying and amplifying themes that resonate with cultural conversation. We'll broaden the scope by looking at other successes, including Educated, by Tara Westover; Sick, by Porochista Khakpour; and The Fact of a Body, by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. A handout will show passages where each writer rose above her personal narrative to address a contemporary cultural conversation. By the end of the session, you’ll see your material from a fresh perspective. You’ll walk away with concrete examples of how to up your memoir game and carve a path toward publication.

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Catherine Guthrie

Author, FLAT
Catherine Guthrie is a memoirist and an award-winning magazine journalist. Her new memoir, FLAT: Reclaiming My Body From Breast Cancer, debuted in September 2018 from Skyhorse Publishing. Catherine is a graduate of GrubStreet's Memoir Incubator (class of 2014-15) and is the first... Read More →

Sunday April 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm EDT
Whittier Room - 4th Floor