Everyone has a story to tell—and this workshop will help you find, develop and write your very own memoir. Whether it's a personal, family, travel or food memoir, it's important to figure out how to turn your life story and journey into a compelling book or collection of essays. This class invites writers of all levels who are interested in writing a memoir or essays on any topic—and will offer tips on story structure, mining of your memory for anecdotes and details that bring the narrative to life and then writing it with the color and flair of fiction. Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, a former journalist for publications such as The Wall Street Journal and InStyle magazine and author of an international bestselling memoir, will guide you through the memoir process, from idea to writing, with feedback and hands-on editing of pages.
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is the author of the international bestselling novel Sarong Party Girls as well as the food memoir A Tiger in the Kitchen, which has gotten praise from National Public Radio, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times among other publications. New York Magazine named it one of the "Top 25 Must-Read Food Memoirs of All Time." Tiger tells the story of a year that she spent traveling from the United States, her adopted country, to her native Singapore, so she could reconnect with her family and learn about her family history and cultural identity by learning how to cook in the kitchens of her grandmother and aunties. In addition to being the editor of Singapore Noir, an anthology of noir fiction set in Singapore, she was a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine and The Baltimore Sun. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and National Geographic among other places.