June 15 - June 17, 2018
A Telling Your Own Story: A 3 Day Memoir Writing Workshop
Have you ever considered putting several events from your unique life into book form, or maybe focusing on just one special, challenging, or particularly rewarding time from your past that readers - maybe our own children or grandchildren - will be inspired by or helped along on their own journeys? Do you want to make your writing as clear as the planning that goes into it? If so, then Ron Rozelle's three-day memoir workshop titled Telling Your Own Story is for you, whether you are a beginner or a more experienced writer. The instruction will begin with a summary of general storytelling techniques and approaches, followed by ways to do the necessary research, carefully plan, and finally actually write the first draft of your memoir. There will also be valuable information regarding writing query letters to potential publishers and/or literary agents, manuscript preparation, and sources of contact information for publishers and agents. Excellent examples of finely crafted memoirs will be provided, along with other handouts.
“ … like a stone washed smooth by the sea, Rozelle’s language glows in the light and feels good in the hand.” - Booklist (starred review)
Ron Rozelle, a 2007 inductee to the Texas Institute of Letters, is the author of ten books, including Into That Good Night, a memoir that was the first non-agented property published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux in over five years, was a short list finalist for the national PEN Prize, and was selected as the second-best work of nonfiction in the nation in 1998 by the San Antonio Express-News. His other books include The Windows of Heaven, a novel of the 1900 Galveston storm and winner of the Texas Review Prize, A Place Apart, a novel set in modern day Ohio, Warden, Death and Life in the Texas Prison System coauthored with Jim Willett, and Write Great Fiction: Description & Setting, a volume in the Writer’s Digest ‘Write Great Fiction’ series. Touching Winter, a novel made up of a quartet of stories, was published in October, 2005, by TCU Press and was a short list finalist for The Texas Institute of Letters Best Fiction of the Year Prize. Sundays with Ron Rozelle, a collection of newspaper columns, was published by TCU Press in 2009. My Boys and Girls are in There: The 1937 New London School Disaster (Texas A&M University Press, 2012) was the recipient of the Calvert Prize, was pronounced the “sleeper hit” of the 2012 Texas Book Festival, and was a short list finalist for the Texas Writers League Nonfiction Prize. His most recent book is Exiled: The Last Days of Sam Houston, recently published Texas A&M University Press.
Ron has taught writing workshops at numerous conferences and universities, and was twice the memoir instructor at the Newman National Writer’s Conference at Mississippi College. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications, and he has been the Barnes and Noble Author of the Month in both the Houston and Dallas markets. He has been a featured author at the Texas Book Festival in Austin and the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio.
Recently retired after a forty-year teaching career, Ron now has a writing consultation service, teaches several courses at Foundation Prep Academy, and is the editor of Image magazine, which celebrates the history and people of Brazoria County. An honorary Professor of Letters at Alvin College, Ron Rozelle is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, Class of 1977. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science. In 2017 he was named SHSU Distinguished Educator of the Year, the highest honor given by the College of Education of his alma mater. He and his wife Karen, a retired third grade teacher, are proud grandparents and share their Lake Jackson home with a pair of elderly, opinionated cats.
Friday, June 15
9 am - 3 pm
Saturday, June 16
9 am - 3 pm
Sunday, June 17
9 am - 1 pm
Rooms 2 and 3
Blinn College Student Center Brenham
Class Fee: $225
Register by June 7, 2018
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