Workshop (EN): Telling your story

Writing memoirs with Beth Powning

Description :

If sharing stories is what makes us human and helps us make sense of the world, memoirs are an especially powerful genre for sharing our personal experiences, learnings, and insights. In this workshop, participants will learn how to bring their stories to life by creating an emotional connection with the reader, writing about family members, and dealing with vulnerability and trauma. They will also learn about the technical aspects of writing memoirs, including finding your voice, identifying your story-line, and pitching to a publisher.


Please note that a proof of full vaccination will be required at this event.


This workshop is presented in partnership with the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick.  

About the author:

Beth Powning is the author of three memoirs (Home, Shadow Child, Edge Seasons) and three novels (The Hatbox Letters, The Sea Captain’s Wife and A Measure of Light). She has taught memoir-writing workshops for the Writer’s Federation of N.B. in Sackville and Fredericton; The Maritime Writer’s Workshop; and The Great Blue Heron Writer’s Workshop in Antigonish, N.S. Her memoirs have received awards: Home was a New England Bookseller’s Choice, Shadow Child was short-listed for the Edna Staebler Award for literary non-fiction, and Edge Seasons was a Globe and Mail Best Book. She has spoken, read and taught at literary festivals across Canada and in the US, UK and Ireland. She lives in Markhamville, NB. 

*Please note that only a few spots remain available, as this workshop had originally been scheduled for May 2020, before being postponed due to Covid-19.