Julie Barton

Member Teleseminar

April 22

11 am PDT  12 pm MDT   1 pm CDT  2 pm EDT

Julie BartonIn this month’s teleseminar, we’ll talk about how I came to writing memoir, my writing process, and how the actual writing is where the joy is. We’ll discuss overall story arc—one of the hardest things about memoir—and I’ll reveal a great (though difficult) method that helped my book go from good to great. If there’s time, we’ll discuss my road to publication and the wild ride that landed my book in the hands of the president of Penguin Books. We can discuss the vast difference between being published by a tiny indie publisher versus being published by one of the big New York houses. There are pluses and minuses to both! Also, promotion: the dreaded word for us introverted wordsmiths. It doesn’t have to be as awful as you imagine.

What you will learn:

  • How to have patience with yourself and write a little bit each day
  • Revision, revision, revision. Revising as a way to introduce story arc.
  • My unusual publishing experience: being published by a tiny indie press then picked up by Penguin Books.
  • Promotion: yes, it’s as important as they say it is. How not to hate it.

Bio

Dog Medicine book coverJulie Barton is a writer, mother of two and animal lover who lives in Northern California. Her memoir, Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me From Myself will be published by Penguin Books on July 19th, 2016. (The book was initially published 11/15 by Think Piece Publishing.) Julie has a B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a M.A. in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. Julie’s writing has been published in Brain Child MagazineThe South Carolina ReviewLouisiana Literature, Two Hawks Quarterly, Westview, The Huffington Post, and more. Mostly she just tries to be kind to people and animals, avoid judgement, appreciate nature, and write every chance she gets.

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