A Memoir Writers’ Tool: Authenticity Fest

Monday's presentation by Marni Freedman on memoir writing emphasized the importance of memoir writers shedding fear and shame in order to get their authentic stories told. Marni referred to the golden door that so many writers hide what they don't want to tell behind. Too often, she explained, the story that needs to be told is everything that is behind that door.

Marni's presentation ties into an announcement that arrived in the Guild's email inbox this week. On Saturday, March 7, from 3 to 6 p.m., Authenticity Fest offers an opportunity for participants to face up to fears and shame that are holding back revealing your authentic self.

At this FREE 3-hour event, participants will share stories and talk about their true selves. You can come and just listen, and if you want, you are welcome to share your own story. The theme is authenticity and coming out, so please share anything you were or still are nervous to share.

Some examples of experiences or identities that people can sometimes be nervous to share about are:

  • physical/mental health
  • drastic career changes (or desire to change careers)
  • non-traditional relationships
  • immigration status or history
  • drug use or abuse
  • gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • financial struggles
  • other struggles or experiences

You don’t have to decide in advance whether you want to share your story. You will also have the opportunity to share without getting on a stage, including anonymously. 


  • 3:00-3:30 - snacks and fun welcoming activities
  • 3:30-5:00 - story sharing
  • 5:00-6:00 - discussion

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