Cracking Your Memoir

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Many of us have a story (or two, or ten, or hundred) to tell. But how do we craft that story into a compelling memoir for a wide audience? Answer: With great difficulty. But the work will be worth it!

Author Anthony Chin-Quee will draw on his experience writing his memoir, I Can’t Save You, to provide you with the tips, tricks, knowledge of common pitfalls, and motivation to write your story in a unique, compelling manner, and share it with the world!

In this session we will:

  • Find the why: Why does your story matter personally AND commercially?
  • Discuss the importance of using small stories to build a larger story.
  • Hone in on the importance of honesty, however raw and dirty it is.
  • Find ways to create characters out of the people we’ve known, loved, and hated.
  • Consider how narrative structure can support your story.
  • Dive into how to find an agent and write a successful query letter.
  • Q&A

[Recorded April 23, 2024]

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Anthony Chin-Quee is a board certified Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeon) with degrees from Harvard University and Emory University School of Medicine. He has done multiple performances for The Moth, where he’s won their local Story Slam, placed as a runner-up in the Detroit Grand Slam, and performed on their NYC, London and Chicago Mainstages. He was a medical consultant for ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and a member of the writing staff of FOX’s “The Resident” for two seasons, distilling complex medical and social issues into palatable and understandable mainstream storylines. His memoir, I Can’t Save You— a candid account of the ways in which medical residency training shattered the mind of an empathetic, well-intentioned doctor, and the arduous task of piecing it back together again through painful and overdue self-discovery—was released by Riverhead Books on April 4, 2023 to critical acclaim. He has published opinions in Forbes and been interviewed by NPR on the topic of systemic racism in medical education.

Anthony currently resides in England with his wife and daughter.

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