Memoir Writing

You can’t write a memoir without gathering a lot of memories. Which ones? In what order? Which events, images, anecdotes to include? Who are the essential characters in the story only you can tell? This online class deals with those questions and the critical one: how to write clear, compelling well-ordered sentences to structure all those thoughts in your head.

There will be exercises – memory prompts to get you started. We’ll try some timed writing; explore published excerpts and genres. There will be weekly assignments to share. A good memoir can be any genre or hybrid— essay, poem, long or short sketch — so long as it shows more than it tells.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

What you will learn:

  • How to focus: sculpt a story to its best angle and proportion

  • Finding, developing confidence in your voice and tone

  • The importance of sentencing: ordering sentence, paragraph, section to empower story

  • The imperatives of suspense and surprise

  • The necessity for revision. Delete, refine, rewrite, refine!

Required supplies:

  • A notebook and something to write with