« Saturday May 11, 2013 »
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The Three Stages of Memoir Writing—From Memory to Memoir with Linda Joy Myers Saturday, May 11th 1-4pm Writing a memoir is a journey, from the snapshots of memory to a story that offers the reader powerful themes and messages that are entertaining and life changing. And what a journey it is, starting with your passion to write your story, making your way through the "Muddy Middle," and finally getting to "The End." Memoir writers need answers to these kinds of questions: Where do I begin? What about my family? What is my truth and dare I write it? How do I structure my memoir? How do I go from writer to author with a memoir in this market? Do I have to learn about social media? Why would someone want to read my story? And more… This workshop will take you through the stages of memoir writing. We will discuss these important topics, and do exercises to clarify your memoir and its message, where to begin, and how to find your themes. We will discuss truth, lies, and secrets, and how to manage family and inner critic voices. Structure, the narrative arc, and how to decide what publishing path you want will fill these three hours with information that you need to write and publish your memoir. Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., MFA, is the President and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, an Instructor at Writers Digest, Co-President of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco branch, and past president of the California Writers Club, Marin branch. Linda is the author of The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, Becoming Whole, and Don’t Call Me Mother, which won the Bay Area Independent Publishing Association Gold Medal prize. She is co-editor of the upcoming anthology Times They Were A'Changing, a collection of women's stories from the 60s and 70s. Linda has won prizes for fiction, memoir and poetry: First Prize, Jessamyn West Fiction Contest; Finalist, San Francisco Writing Contest for Secret Music, a novel about the Kindertransport; First Prize, poetry, East of Eden Contest, and for memoir writing First Prize Carol Landauer Life Writing Contest. Linda’s new workbook is The Journey of Memoir: The Three Stages of Memoir Writing. She gives workshops nationally, through NAMW, Story Circle, and the Therapeutic Writing Institute, and helps people capture their stories through coaching, editing, and online workshops. Blog: Class Fee: $99 Tickets are available now at Brown Paper Tickets Online or by calling 800-838-3006    
Start: 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 11, 4:00 p.m. Models. Behaving. Badly.: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life by Emanuel Derman Quants, physicists working on Wall Street as quantitative analysts, have been widely blamed for triggering financial crises with their complex mathematical models. Their formulas were meant to allow Wall Street to prosper without risk. But in this penetrating insider’s look at the recent economic collapse, Emanuel Derman—former head quant at Goldman Sachs—explains the collision between mathematical modeling and economics and what makes financial models so dangerous. Though such models imitate the style of physics and employ the language of mathematics, theories in physics aim for a description of reality—but in finance, models can shoot only for a very limited approximation of reality. Derman uses his firsthand experience in financial theory and practice to explain the complicated tangles that have paralyzed the economy. Models.Behaving.Badly. exposes Wall Street’s love affair with models, and shows us why nobody will ever be able to write a model that can encapsulate human behavior.
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