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Learn memoir writing from the experts at APW’s 2014 annual conference

The 2013 Writer’s Digest Grand Prize winner, Linda Pressman, will discuss memoir writing Saturday, May 17, at APW’s 2014 annual conference.
The 2013 Writer’s Digest Grand Prize winner, Linda Pressman, will discuss memoir writing Saturday, May 17, at APW’s 2014 annual conference.DW Photography

Writing Memoir and Beyond: What Works and Why” is the theme of the Arizona Press Women’s annual conference to be held Saturday, May 17, at the Chaparral Suites Conference Center, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz.

At the conference, four experts will discuss memoir writing, starting at 10 a.m. with 2013 Writer’s Digest Grand Prize winner Linda Pressman. Pressman will speak on the topic “From Writer’s Journal to Memoir” and will also sign her book, “Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie.”

At 11 a.m. Arizona Historical Society photo archivist and curator Rebekah Tabah will speak on “Preservation of Research Materials.” Tabah holds a Bachelor of Science in photography from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Arts in photographic preservation and collections management from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Following Tabah’s presentation, APW President Pam Stevenson will speak at 1 p.m. on “Recording Oral History Interviews for Memoirs.” Stevenson, an award-winning video writer and producer, wrote the stories of two Arizona writers, Louise DeWald and Mary Jane Phillippi Shoun, for “Skirting Traditions: Arizona Writers and Journalists 1912-2012.”

At 2:15 p.m. attorney and past president of APW Brenda Warneka will speak on “Legal Issues in Memoir Writing.” Warneka served as project leader for “Skirting Traditions,” mentioned above, and holds both a Bachelor of Arts in history from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and a law degree from Wayne State University Law School in Michigan.

In addition, lunch at noon will include a time for presentation of the following scholarship awards: APW Scholarship Award, NFPW Communication At-Large Contest Awards and APW Communicator of Achievement Award. There will also be a video presentation at 1:30 p.m. entitled “News Women: 50 Years of Change.”

Cost for the conference, which includes lunch, is $60 for nonmembers if prepaid and received before May 14. Reservations may be made by emailing apw.reservations@gmail.com or by mail to P. Stevenson, 1927 E. Vaughn, Tempe, Ariz. 85253. For late registration, call Barbara Lacy at (480) 620-1358.