Cape Cod Writers Center

Praise for Self-Editing and Memoir Worshops, Saturday, March 21, 2015

Twice a year, the Cape Cod Writers Center offers its members and other writers Saturday workshops in our Pathways to Publication program to help to boost their literary skills. Last Saturday, March 21 was the first Pathways to Publication program of 2015 and attracted over 30 participants at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

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The day began at 9:00 a.m. with an editing workshop taught by Ray Cormier, a 30-year writer and editor from the New York Times.Ray Cornier

After an introduction about the editing process at that newspaper, Ray asked the participants to edit several passages shown on screen. After that he asked them to edit the work of a fellow participant and later, their own–an exercise that surprised and informed the participants about the self-editing process.

The workshop on memoir began at 1:00 p.m. and was taught by Phoebe Baker Hyde whose debut book The Beauty Experiment was named a 2014 ” Book of Style.” Her introduction on memoir types, what draws people to write them and which ones become successful was followed by illustrative handouts and comments and exercises which informed the participants about what it takes to write a memoir that delivers a message beyond the mere facts of the author’s life. The day ended at 4:00 p.m. followed by Phoebe’s book signing.

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With appreciation to Ray Cormier and Phoebe Baker Hyde for our March 2015 Pathways to Publication!