Write Your Memoirs by Finding Your Voice

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Learn to write your memoirs in at Georgia Writers Association with Jessica Handler author of "Invisible Sisters" voted Atlanta Magazine's "Best Memoir" for 2009.

Many of Jessica's friends and colleagues never knew about her past until she wrote her 2009 memoir, Invisible Sisters. Jessica Handler is a creative writing instructor at Atlanta Art Institute and a freelance writer, but she had never written a memoir. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution called Jessica Handler's "Invisible Sisters," One of the Eight Great Southern Books in 2009 and was voted Atlanta Magazine's "Best Memoir" for 2009.

Jessica will read from her book at the Georgia Writers Association May 8th, 2010 at a Writers Workshop as part of the Second Saturday Workshop series on the campus of Kennesaw State University. (http://www.georgiawriters.org) Her reading at Noon will be free, followed by a workshop on memoirs. (Preregister online) The writing workshop beginning at 12:30 on the 2nd floor of the Student Center on the Campus of KSU in the Leadership, is called: "Finding Your Voice in Memoir Writing"

Jessica Handler grew up in the 1960s Atlanta in the midst of the Civil Rights movement; even attending Martin Luther King's funeral. This environment is the backdrop wrapped around a family tragedy when she lost one sister to leukemia and the other sister to a rare blood disorder. By the age of 9 Jessica was introducing herself as the "well sibling."

Ms. Handler will help writers of all levels and genres to investigate research avenues that will "surprise them and yield rewards." Jessica will share how yearbooks, family mementos, period music, and recipes will help you to remember and take you places you have not been for awhile.

Jessica Handler will lead the workshop that may be a field trip of sorts taking the participants in new directions: "We will also begin working with double-entry notebooks, one of the key tools for a writer engaged in research. It's with this method that writers find the intersection where fact and emotion meet, and scene begins. I will provide a take-home reading list for participants to further their exploration.". Register online for this May 9th Workshop at http://www.georgiawriters.org. Watch this PBS video of Jessica Handler: http://forum-network.org/lecture/jessica-handler-invisible-sisters


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