Pairing Personal Experience with Genre: Memoir, Essays and Autobiographical Fiction

Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

5540 Eubank Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111

Phone: 505-918-0240




SouthWest Writers

Phone: 505-830-6034
Website: Click to Visit

A workshop with award-winning writer Candace Walsh.

When beginning a story, how do you decide which genre to pursue? At times, New Mexico Magazine managing editor Candace Walsh’s personal stories have led her to publishing a full-length memoir (NM-AZ Book Award-winning Licking the Spoon: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Identity []) and writing an autobiographical fiction novel. She’s also used their momentum to edit two Seal Press anthologies. Her personal essays regularly show up on the Huffington Post, a powerful publicity creator and sales driver, and numerous anthologies. In this class, Walsh will share advice, tips, and practical exercises to help you pair your personal narrative with the right form.    Candace Walsh is the author of Licking the Spoon: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Identity (Seal Press 2012), a 2013 New Mexico – Arizona Book Awards winner. Her writing has appeared in numerous national and local publications, in Newsday, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, Mademoiselle, New York magazine, and New Mexico Magazine. She has also worked on staff at Condé Nast International, Mothering Magazine, and currently, as the managing editor and social media brand manager of New Mexico Magazine. She has taught writing alongside Anne Lamott, Cheryl Strayed, Julia Cameron, and Natalie Goldberg. Find out more at She's on Facebook at and Twitter @candacewalsh.