Every Story Tells A Picture: A Memoir Workshop at Marian U.

The Writer’s Center of Indiana teams up with Marian University to present “Every Story Tells a Picture: a Memoir Workshop with Jim McGarrah” Saturday, July 30. The workshops runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Marian University. This Indianapolis education event costs $84 for members of the Writer’s Center and $126 for nonmembers. Students, teachers and seniors can take the course for $70. Find your voice at the Writer’s Center of Indiana.

Join award-winning author Jim McGarrah as he unwraps the secrets to becoming a successful memoirist. As the only creatures on the planet to evolve through the use of recorded cultural histories such as myths, legends, yarns, anecdotes, family accounts and other forms of narrative, humans share a definite link through storytelling. We all know the cliche “every picture tells a story,” but the upcoming writer’s workshop at Marian University asks budding writers to consider the picture they paint with their words. How we tell that story affects what it means to listeners and readers.

Jim McGarrah takes writers on a journey to translate their memories into narratives. Unlike autobiography, which takes readers through a life from beginning to end, a memoir consists of individual memories. A successful memoir links these memories through coherent narrative arc. Painting each memory through a vivid perspective illuminates this arc. Redefine memoir with McGarrah as he discusses the use of narrative tools in story telling, fiction or nonfiction, to develop dialogue, plot, character, scene and setting.

McGarrah published his own memoir of the Vietnam War in 2007. The book, A Temporary Sort of Peace, tells of his life growing up in Princeton, Indiana in the 1950s, his path to the army and the terrible and wonderful experiences he had as a soldier in one of the most controversial wars of the twentieth century. McGarrah won the Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Nonfiction for his memoir.

A professor of creative writing at the University of Southern Indiana, he has published two memoirs and a book of poetry. His chapbook, Running the Voodoo Down won the Elixir Press Editor’s Choice Award in 2003. In addition, he won the Kennedy Center ACTF Award for his play Split Second Timing.

Sign up for this incredible workshop experience hosted by the Writer’s Center of Indiana at Marian University. With their straight-forward motto, “Be a Writer,” the Indiana Writer’s Center offers a meeting ground for emerging voices. Afterward, head to Indianapolis downtown for dinner and drinks from any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the most of the Circle City!

“Every Story Tells a Picture: Writing the Memoir”
Jim McCarrah
Saturday, July 30, 2011
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN