Sunday June 18, 2017, 1:30-3:30
Community Room at Kirkwood Library
6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE


Seating is limited. Please register at .

The Workshop: Memoir: Dialectic of Past and Present

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” – George Orwell

Memoir allows those who have been left out of the conversation to have their voices heard. How- ever, for many emerging and professional writers, the very nature of a memoir — stuck somewhere between ction and autobiography — triggers concerns such as: How far back should I go? How important is time and setting? Do I have to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Using my memoir, Blood Sisters, as the model, you will learn the answers to these questions and more as we travel on a step-by-step journey to uncover what it takes to write a memoir that is honest without being cruel and interesting without being self-serving.

*Please bring pen and paper or a laptop

Billie Travalini

Billie Travalini

Billie Travalini

Billie Travalini, a native of Delaware, is a recipient of a 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts, Her most recent work was published in Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts; Influence and Confluence: East and West; A Global Anthology on the Short Story in English; Another Chicago Magazine, and Selected Stories from the 2016 International Conference of the Short Story in English (English-Chinese). The Delaware Division of the Arts awarded Billie professional fellowships in nonfiction (2015), fiction (2007), and poetry (2004).

She has read her work worldwide, most recently at East China University, the University of Vienna, York University, and The University of Cork.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of Delaware and a fellowship graduate of Temple University.



Her memoir, Blood Sisters, was a finalist for the Bakeless Publication Prize and the James Jones Award, and won the Lewes Clark Discovery Prize.

A longtime advocate for at-risk kids and the mentally ill, Billie co-founded and coordinates the Lewes Creative Writers Conference, now in its 10th year, teaches creative writing at Wilmington University, and is busy at work on Rules to Survive Childhood, a sequel to Blood Sisters and Rush Limbaugh and the French Apple Pie and Other Stories.



About Delaware Writers Studio

Delaware Writers Studio is held from 1:30-3:30 the 3rd Sunday of every month (with a few exceptions, noted in the calendar) at Kirkwood Library, 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington. Different writing-related things happen at the Writers Studio. Some writers offer hands-on workshops, while others prefer to offer presentations. There might be occasions where we have a free write or a free write with prompts. There are also events related to submitting poems and stories, submitting to writing contests, publishing, and more.

Presenting at Delaware Writers Studio:

If you’re interested in presenting a workshop, use the Contact page to submit your contact information and your presentation idea. Note that the Writers Studio is brand new and cannot yet pay presenters, but you are able to sell your books after your presentation.

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