The Power of Story // Webinar

Finding the River of Meaning in Your Memoir or Essay

The Power of Story // Webinar

What makes a memoir or essay more than just a collection of scenes or observations? How does a writer create a dynamic, compelling whole greater than the sum of its many parts? How do we allow our writing to open up into something wide and powerful, reflecting a truth that is, as Langston Hughes writes, “older than the flow of human blood in human veins”?

Too often, writers blame themselves when a piece of writing is not working, but in many cases the problem is not the writer but the story itself—or rather, the lack of coherent story.

This webinar will illustrate the many ways in which locating the primal story can solve problems and obstacles in any work of nonfiction.

Locating the “Invisible Magnetic River” of story in your writing is the best way of insuring that something powerful is at stake behind the words, and the surest way to keep readers engaged from beginning to end, whether your work is brief or book-length.

This how-to webinar will illustrate the “River” in the work of successful authors and offer tips and prompts to help you locate your own story’s source of meaning.
In this webinar you will:
  • FIND the power of story and discover how locating your “Invisible Magnetic River” will insure that readers stay engaged and curious from beginning to end.
  • LEARN how story can help to solve many of the frustrations and obstacles that can interfere with  both writing and revision.
  • DISTINGUISH between a chain of events and a compelling story that contains a dynamic emotional flow.
  • UNDERSTAND that the surest way to make your book or essay one that readers want to read–and, in that way, one that editors want to publish–is to tell a damn good story.

Writers at any level, at the beginning of a project or in the revision process, are welcome.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

2 pm - 3:15 pm EDT

Advance registration required.
Space is limited.

$15 if registered by 06/21/2020
$20 if registered after 06/21/2020

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 July 1, please email us at

About the instructor: Dinty W. Moore is author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire and the writing guides The Story Cure and Crafting the Personal Essay, among many other books. He has published essays and stories in the Georgia Review, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. He is founding editor of Brevity, the journal of flash nonfiction, and teaches master classes and workshops across the United States as well as in Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Mexico.

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