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Saturday, May 6 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
6N: 'There’s No Market for That!' How to Make the Specific Universal FILLING
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What does compulsive hair pulling have to do with universal suffering? A lot, if you write about it right. It’s not easy to find and tug on the universal thread of a specific story, but it’s key to making your writing relatable and marketable to a broad audience. Join memoirist Katie Koppel for an interactive workshop to turn your weird stories – whether personal or reported – into crafted pieces of writing that appeal to a wide market. Through a combination of discussion and writing exercises, you will come away with an understanding of what makes your story universal, and the craft tools to make it resonate with your readers (and sell in the marketplace).

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Katie Koppel

Nonfiction Writer
Katie Koppel is a Memoir Incubator alum and a Boston-based writer of memoir and personal essays. Her work has appeared in NPR, Salon, Narratively, Cognoscenti, CommonHealth, xoJane, and more. Her memoir, Plucked: A Memoir of Hiding, was a finalist for the Permafrost Nonfiction Book Prize. Koppel was awarded a scholarship for the GrubStreet Memoir Incubator, a competitive and juried program focused on craft development. Through this program, she learned the distinction between situation and story in memoir writing, a concept that has guided her approach to writing about an otherwise hyper-specific subject: her journey with a compulsive hair pulling disorder. She was a recipient of the Wesleyan Scholarship for the 2014 Wesleyan Writers Conference, and completed a residency at Lemon Tree House in 2016. You can find her... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Tremont Room