Diana Raab


Writing tips and wisdoms for writing a riveting memoir

9:00-11:30 AM
Vista III

This workshop will offer you valuable tips and insights for writing a compelling memoir. We will discuss many subjects including how to decide what story to tell, and what are the important elements in writing a memoir. You’ll learn what prompts someone to pick up your book, and causes them not to want to put it down. The class time will include lecture, discussion, and writing exercises. The content will be suitable to those who have been contemplating writing a memoir, as well as writers who are already doing so. You will leave the workshop inspired, motivated, and with many snippets of writing to be used in your memoir.


Diana Raab, MFA, PhD is an award-winning memoirist, poet, and blogger. She’s been writing personal stories and memoir for more than four decades. She’s the author of nine books, including two memoirs. Regina’s Closet, and Healing With Words. Her latest books are Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life (winner of Feathered Quill Book Award for best self-help book), and  Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal. In addition to being widely published in magazines, literary journals, and anthologies, she regularly blogs for Thrive Global, Psychology TodayPsych CentralWisdom Daily, and is a guest blogger for many others. Shes lectured and facilitated nationwide workshops in memoir, poetry, and writing for healing and transformation, including, UCLA Extension, UCSB Extension, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, The Open Center, 1440 Multiversity, Hugo House, and Sacred Space to name a few. She also can be found teaching online on DailyOM. Her undergraduate education is in nursing and journalism. She has an MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on memoir, and a PhD in Psychology where she studied the healing and transformative powers of memoir writing. For more information, visit, Diana Raab.com.

Writing Tip I Live By:

Write from your heart and everything else will fall into place.

Her website is: dianaraab.com.