Author, Barbara Studham

Creator of memoir, fiction, and the children's picture book, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome


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Memoir Sessions Update, by Barbara Studham

Memoir Writing Sessions

I recently held memoir-writing sessions at Turner Park Library in Hamilton ON. A fantastic group of people attended, all with different stories to tell. Please enjoy the photos of the few bold attendees who granted me permission to post their pictures. Others were too shy and preferred not to be shown. However, during the first session, there were twelve attendees.

I assumed some people would have started their memoir, whereas others might still be in the thinking-it-over stage, so, for Session 1, I created a worksheet from which all worked at the same pace. Intermittently, people shared what they had written during the worksheet exercises, and the group heard some wonderful stories.

During Session 2, I discussed bringing dialogue into the narrative, writing back and forth in flashbacks, bringing humor into a tense situation, making your true feelings known, and killing the adverb tags.

Session 3 saw us commenting on the group’s work. Those who had begun their memoir shared written pieces, and gathered suggestions for improvement. Thank you to everyone who attended.


Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available in the series is, THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! Soon to be released – THE BIRTHDAY BASH!

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham