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Insider Workshop: "The Vertical Plunge: Making the Most of the Moment in Memoir" with Erika Schickel

  • Saturday, November 05, 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • The Mizell Center, 480 S Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262


  • Premium Members attend free. Includes free entry to all General Speaker Meetings, Insider Workshops and Writing Labs for the year. You must be logged in to access the discount.
  • Discounted rate for Standard or Student Members. You must be logged in to access the discount.
  • Not a member yet? Please consider joining for $75.00/year to get all the discounts offered. If you join before registering, you will save $75.00 on this workshop alone.
  • Limited to the first 10 members who sign up.

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First ten members to sign up for each workshop get in for $50.00. Not a member yet? Please consider joining for $75.00/year. If you join before registering, you will save $75.00 on this workshop alone.

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Erika Schickel’s vivid, vulnerable, and often hilariously writing deftly exposes the often overlooked taboo subjects of women’s lives. Whether she’s divulging the boredom of mothering small children, exploring the breakthroughs of psychedelics, or exposing predatory boarding school teachers, she does so with heart, honesty, and humor. 

She is the author of The Big Hurt (Hachette Books, 2021) and You’re Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom (Kensington Books, 2007). She has taught memoir and essay writing at UCLA and privately. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles TimesLA Weekly, LA City Beat, Salon, Ravishly, Tin House, Bust Magazine, and The LA Review of Books, among others. 

She is also a trained actress, performing on-camera as well as off, she has also provided the voice of a variety of animated characters. In addition, she’s written and performed a number of one-woman shows and a radio play for the LA Theatre Works series: The Play’s the Thing. Erika lives outside of Los Angeles, CA.

Description of talk:

Every story is made up of moments. How we choose those moments, describe them and allow them to reflect our themes, makes the overall story more powerful and resonant. In this workshop we will go deep on scene writing, cracking open our stories, wringing out details, and making fresh connections in our readers’ minds. Come prepared to write and re-write!


Unable to attend, no problem, all registrants will receive a video replay of this presentation. Please allow up to 48 hours after the event to receive your video replay.

To receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation processing fee, attendees must cancel their registration 5 days before the event. No refunds will be given after that time. To cancel your registration, go to and click on the blue icon at the top right of any page. Enter user name and password and click "LOG IN". On the next screen click "My event registrations". Select event and cancel registration. 

Meeting begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. 

There will be a table at the back of the room where you can purchase Erika's books.

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Event Contact: Eduardo Santiago