From Inspiration to Publication: Creative Longevity in Memoir and Fiction

with Adrienne Brodeur & Patti Callahan Henry


Do you ever wonder what story you want to tell and what genre will best serve it? Are you committed to writing for the long haul? Do you need help figuring out how to build a life to support your literary aspirations? If so, look no further – this workshop is for you!

Through lectures, generative exercises, small group conversations, and question and answer sessions, Patti and Adrienne will help you refine your story and its premise, identify its origins and sources of inspiration, and delve deeper. As you overcome resistance and draw from storytelling traditions, our exercises and conversations will be geared toward helping you determine the right genre for your work, find your voice, and build a sustainable life as a writer.

Our class will help you decide how best to tell your story, and what genre might serve your idea most powerfully. We take a long view of the writer’s life and the creative process, and we’ll share hacks and routines that will help you achieve a life of storytelling. We’ll discuss literary citizenry, creating community, how to turn off your inner critic, and other topics – all designed to help you forge a path toward the writer’s life and enable you to become part of something bigger. 

4 Afternoons:  Monday 11/6–Thursday 11/9 | 1:30-4:30pm

A $100 combination discount will be applied when registering for the conference at the same time.


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Adrienne Brodeur is the author of the novel, Little Monsters, and memoir, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me, which was described by The New York Times Book Review as: “Exquisite and harrowing. . . . The book is so gorgeously written and deeply insightful, and with a line of narrative tension that never slacks, from the first page to the last, that it’s one you’ll likely read in a single, delicious sitting.”

Published in October 2019 by HMH Books, Wild Game’s film rights were bought by Chernin Entertainment and is in development as a Netflix film with Nick Hornby attached to adapt and Deniz Gamze Ergüven, the director of Mustang, attached to direct.

Adrienne has spent the past two decades of her professional life in the literary world, discovering voices, cultivating talent, and working to amplify underrepresented writers. Her publishing career began with founding the fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, where she served as editor in chief from 1996-2002. The magazine has won the prestigious National Magazine Award for best fiction four times. In 2005, she became an editor at Harcourt (later, HMH Books), where she acquired and edited literary fiction and memoir. Adrienne left publishing in 2013 to become Creative Director — and later Executive Director — of Aspen Words, a literary arts nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute.

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times, EPCA, Globe and Mail, and USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels, including her newest, The Secret Book of Flora Lea. She’s also a podcast host of original content for her novels, Surviving Savannah and Becoming Mrs. Lewis.

She is the recipient of The Christy Award “Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for Becoming Mrs. Lewis. She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. Patti was also a contributor to the monthly life lesson essay column for Parade Magazine. She’s published in numerous anthologies, articles, and short story collections, including an Audible Original about Florence Nightingale, titled Wild Swan narrated by the Tony Award winner, Cynthia Erivo.