Balancing the Exterior and Interior Life in Memoir // Webinar

How to Write Your Life Story

Balancing the Exterior and Interior Life in Memoir // Webinar

Many know the famous creative writing adage: Show don’t tell. It’s good advice … to a point.

Like a good novel, a memoir can be full of cinematic scenes, description, and dialogue that make readers feel like they’re experiencing the drama firsthand. But almost as important to a memoir is how writers make sense of and dissect their lives. Writers who are new to the genre often spend too much time worrying about whether they’re doing enough showing. And yet, the telling--the interior part of the story--can be even more difficult. How do we find language for what goes on in our brains?

We will examine the various ways one can craft a memoir that transcends mere experience and aspires to achieving enlightened experience.

In this webinar, you will:

  • EXPLORE four techniques you can use to tell your life story
  • LEARN the nuts and bolts of scene-making
  • UNDERSTAND the pitfalls of under- and over-telling
  • DIFFERENTIATE between “obvious” and “necessary” telling

This webinar is ideal for nonfiction writers at all levels.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

2 pm - 3:05 pm ET

Advance registration required.
Space is limited.

$10 if registered by 01/17/2020*
$15 if registered after 01/17/2020

Registration will close 24 hours before the event.

A recording of the webinar will be sent out to all registrants three business days after the event.

PLEASE NOTE: It may take a little while for us to process your order and send you the link to the webinar. If you haven't received the link by the morning of January 13th, please email us at

About the instructor: Ira Sukrungruang is the recipient of the 2015 American Book Award for Southside Buddhist, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Anita Claire Scharf Award in Poetry. He is the author of four nonfiction books: the forthcoming memoir This Jade World; Buddha’s Dog & Other Meditations (2018); Southside Buddhist (2014); and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy (2010), as well as the short story collection The Melting Season (2016) and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night (2013).  His work has appeared in many literary journals, including the Rumpus, American Poetry Review, the Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is the president of Sweet: A Literary Confection, a literary nonprofit organization, and is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College.

Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email the director of education, Sharla Yates, at

*This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.