Aspiring memoirists and writers were in for a treat at the "Just a Moment, Please" HKWC workshop conducted by Reena Bhojwani.
Reena, who has conducted several writing workshops in the past, packed her presentation with useful tips gleaned from her own writing experience. The participants learned how to choose a memory, allow their minds to fully relive it, and then examine it dispassionately from various angles so as to be able to focus on what and how to write it. These ideas were further reinforced by writing activities and exercises, which were both enjoyable and educational. The participants came away from the workshop feeling more confident and better prepared to tackle a project in this increasingly popular genre of writing.
Like many writers, I have thought about using an event or memory from my past to inform some of my own writing, but never felt confident enough to deal with the underlying emotions that might surface. This is where this workshop really helped me, as the tips and tricks showed me how I can distance myself from the memory and mine it intelligently for writing gold.