Scenes that Work:

Choosing What Stays in Your Memoir & What Goes

Join us to learn how to make narrative decisions thoughtfully!

WHEN: June 18, 2024 @ 1pm ET

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Memoirs are not merely the story of what happened to us but what we make of what happened and how that experience has left us forever changed. Our readers depend on us to help them create meaning from the scenes we include in our stories. If we don’t make narrative decisions thoughtfully, we risk losing their trust and investment.

In this workshop we'll explore tools we can employ to help decide which scenes to cut and which to keep so that we amplify the stakes and tension in our memoirs and leave readers rooting for us as we propel them along our gripping stories of self-discovery.

About Your Workshop Leader


Ronit Plank is a writer, teacher, and editor who hosts the podcast Let’s Talk Memoir. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Rumpus, The New York TimesThe Iowa Review, Hippocampus, The Washington Post, Writer’s Digest, American Literary Review,and elsewhere. Her memoir WHEN SHE COMES BACK, about the loss of her mother to the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and their eventual reconciliation was named Finalist in the 2021 Housatonic Awards Awards, the 2021 Indie Excellence Awards, and was a 2021 Book Riot Best True Crime Book. Her short story collection HOME IS A MADE-UP PLACE won Hidden River Arts’ 2020 Eludia Award and the 2023 Page Turner Awards for Short Stories. She earned an MFA in Nonfiction Writing at Pacific University, adjudicates in memoir for the Scholastic Writing Awards, and is Creative Nonfiction Editor at The Citron Review. You can find out more at

Join us for Scenes that Work:

Choosing What Stays in Your Memoir & What Goes

Sign up now to learn how to make narrative decisions thoughtfully!


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