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Omega Memoir Festival

Writing From Life

August 08, 2014 – August 10, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Cheryl Strayed, Alphie McCourt, Malachy McCourt, Frances Lefkowitz... See More
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SM14-3702-834Cheryl Strayed, Alphie McCourt, Malachy McCourt, Frances Lefkowitz, Fred Poole, Marta Szabo,

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Omega’s Memoir Festival brings together celebrated memoir writers to create the perfect place for both new and seasoned writers to experience the art of writing real stories from life.

Writing is often a solitary venture, but sometimes there is nothing more inspiring than the company of fellow and accomplished writers who practice their art in different ways. This fourth Omega Memoir Festival creates a unique opportunity to steep ourselves in an art form that is on the cutting edge of literature today.

There is plenty of time to explore and experiment with our own writing, as well as listen to and question some of the most outstanding memoirists in the country. Through interactive writing workshops, discussions, readings, and the exhilarating option to share our own work in public, we explore the art of creating memoir.

Memoir, with its commitment to the artist’s own story and life, insists that writers take their own story seriously. It turns the writer inward to the true source of all art. This profound journey takes us from a story in our mind, where logic can prevail, to paper, where art and self-discovery take over and suddenly the outcome to any story is not so fixed.


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4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
5:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m.Faculty Book Signing
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Faculty Book Reading
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty

Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is author of the New York Times best-seller Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, which is being made into a movie featuring Reese Witherspoon as Strayed. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and has received many awards. Strayed is also the author of Tiny Beautiful Things and a novel, Torch.

Alphie McCourt

Alphie McCourt, youngest of the famed McCourt brothers, is the author of A Long Stone’s Throw. He has written for the Washington Post, The Villager, the Limerick Leader, and Icons magazine.

Malachy McCourt

Malachy McCourt, an actor, singer, and raconteur, is as moving and entertaining in real life as he is in his many books, including the best-selling, highly acclaimed memoir, A Monk Swimming.

Frances Lefkowitz

Frances Lefkowitz is author of To Have Not, a “Best Memoir of 2010,” has two Pushcart Prize Special Mentions, and has published stories in Tin House, The Sun, Utne Reader, and Glimmer Train. The book reviewer for Good Housekeeping, Lefkowitz is also a teacher and writing coach. She blogs at

Fred Poole

Fred Poole’s books include Authentic Writing: A Memoir on Creating Memoir. Decades earlier he published fiction until it interfered with his passion for real stories. In 1993, he founded Authentic Writing, a culmination of his studies in theology and painting, combined with a life as a world traveler and writer.

Marta Szabo

Marta Szabo is codirector of Authentic Writing and author of the memoirs The Guru Looked Good and The Imposters. She has been a magazine and paperback editor, and lived in a yoga ashram for 10 years. She posts current writings online at Experiments in Memoir.