Author Marva Blackmore of Qualicum Beach talks about what it means to write a memoir, Thursday, Nov. 29 at Char’s Landing. Blackmore’s workshop, presented by the Federation of BC Writers, drew dozens of people who all have stories to tell. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

‘Everyone has a story to tell,’ says Qualicum storyteller

Marva K. Blackmore delivered a memoir-writing workshop in Port Alberni

Everyone has a story to tell, says Marva Blackmore, a writer from Qualicum Beach.

Blackmore spoke in front of dozens of aspiring writers at Char’s Landing on Nov. 29 in a memoir writing workshop, presented by the Federation of BC Writers.

Blackmore is a professional storyteller, guided autobiography instructor and book editor. She runs longer writing classes, and has written a book that guides people who want to write their own life stories.

Memoirs, she says, “are stories from a life.” In her two-hour workshop she shared some tips on how to decide which stories are good ones to include in a personal memoir.

“I have no doubt the stories you’re going to write first are the stories you have been telling for years,” she said, encouraging participants to “write stories as they come to you.”

For more information on her storytelling performances and classes, go online to www.wordweaver.info.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

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