So You Want to Write a Memoir: Getting Started

July 18, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This live webinar will offer strategies and resources for storytellers and writers of all ages who want to write memoir, whether short form or book length, whether for loved ones or for a wider audience. Where to begin? Gabe Montesanti, a creative writing teacher and debut author whose memoir is forthcoming, will introduce participants to basic approaches to form and structure, how to cultivate one’s unique voice, and techniques to stay on track in this creative, demanding, deeply personal process.

This event is presented in collaboration with St. Louis Public Library. A reading list and other resources related to this topic are available here through the Public Library. 


About the Speaker

Gabe Montesanti

Gabe Montesanti is a queer, Midwestern roller derby player. Her roller derby memoir, Brace for Impact, is forthcoming from The Dial Press in 2022. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Montesanti earned her BA in mathematics and studio art from Kalamazoo College and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Washington University in St. Louis. She serves as a mentor for the PEN Prison Writing Program, teaches creative writing at St. Louis Community College and The Loft Literary Center, and has had work published in Belt MagazineBrevityThe Offing, and Boulevard Magazine. Her piece, “The Worldwide Roller Derby Convention,” was recognized as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2020.


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