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Memoir coach and author Marion Roach
Learn everything you need to write what you know.
Classes: Live and Recorded, for Every Level
I teach what I call “writing with intent.” There are no writing prompts or silly exercises in my online memoir classes, here on this site or in my book on how to write memoir . Why? Because while I’ve had thousands of people in my classes in recovery from all manners of addiction, the greatest number of them are in recovery from writing exercises that fritter away what little time most of us have to write. Put them away. Let me teach you to transform your work into writing that others want to read. Let’s work together in one of my online memoir writing classes. There are both live and recorded classes offered below.
I am a published author, a teacher, as well as a memoir editor . This means that you are in good, experienced hands here. I know what it means to bring a book to the market. But first, I know how to write that book.
These days I teach online, and each virtual memoir writing class is designed to teach you how to become a fine memoir writer, whether you want to blog, write personal essays, Op-Eds, or book-length memoir. I’ve written and published all of those forms of memoir, in publications including The New York Times Magazine , The New York Times Science pages, The Los Angeles Times and the four biggest mass-market publishers of books .
Want a full description of each of my online memoir classes? Click on those of interest below. Taken all of the classes below already? Work with me or one of our skilled editors one-on-one through our memoir-editing/coaching services .
Live Classes for Beginners
Everyone starts here . Learn Discover the principles of good memoir, get the tools to start writing immediately, and ask me questions during the live Q&A.
Take this next. Learn book structure. Get direct feedback from Marion as you map out your book beat by beat, chapter by chapter, and scene by scene.
How to Write Opinion Pieces
Ready to Write & Publish? Test your voice in the world by writing solid pieces for newspaper op-ed pages, public radio, and digital sites. Ask me questions during the live Q&A.
The Advanced Memoir Classes
The master class.
Now you can write a book. Limited to 6 students, in this class you will write the first draft of your book and receive feedback. The class meets live, online for 3 hours, once a month for six months.
Your Memoir Project
Want it now? This is the Master Class, but self-paced and recorded. Learn to write book-length memoir, but without waiting for the next live Master Class to begin. Six recorded episodes and a workbook.
Recorded Classes for Both Beginners & Advanced Students
Memoirama 1 — recorded.
Entry level class. Discover the foundational principles of good memoir, get the tools to start writing immediately, and ask me questions during the live Q&A.
Memoirama 2 —Recorded
Take this next. This class focuses on a key aspect of any successful memoir: structure. Map it out beat by beat, chapter by chapter, and scene by scene so that you can go home with a working structure for your memoir.
How to Write Opinion Pieces — Recorded
Take this third. Learn how to launch your writing career by writing solid pieces for newspaper op-ed pages, public radio airing, and publication on digital sites.
How to Write a Personal Essay — Recorded
Taught only in recorded form. Essays are a wonderful way to gain the exposure you need to write memoir without committing to writing a full book. In this class, I’ll teach you the framework I’ve used to write dozens of personal essays that have been read by hundreds and thousands of people.
Your Memoir Project
Write your book. This recorded course features all the lecture material and instruction from The Master Class (see above), teaching you to write book-length memoir at your own, self-paced speed. Six episodes plus a workbook.
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Upcoming Online Memoir Writing Courses
March courses, discover your writing niche, with gloria kempton.
Fiction or nonfiction? Article, short story, or how-to book? Do you want to write for children, teens, adults? There is a type of writing that is best suited for you, and the discovery process can be an adventure.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Short Story
Let It Rip: The Art of Writing Fiery Prose
With giulietta nardone.
You'll write prose that gets folks so hot and bothered they won't be able to put it down, even if it isn't about sex.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Short Story
Writing Our Grief: How to Channel Loss into Creative Expression
With rudri patel.
Writing about grief is a powerful healing tool. Turn pain into power in this personal essay course, with instructor Rudri Patel.
Creative Nonfiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Personal Essay
How to Firm Up the “Mushy Middle” of Any Story
With jeff lyons.
Ensure a strong middle throughline for any story. Say goodbye to the "mushy middle," and hello to stories that work.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
Writing with consistency and courage, with tamara dean.
What makes a successful writer? It's not talent, craft, or even the right connections—it's consistency and courage.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Live Workshop , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
Getting Started Marketing Your Work
Solve the mystery of marketing and get your work out there in front of readers in this 4-week online class taught by Instructor Gloria Kempton.
A Writerly Life: Develop a Writing Routine that Works for You
With shelby hinte.
What does a writer's life look like? Build a productive writing habit in this course for writers of all backgrounds.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
Next-Level Creative Nonfiction: Elevating Essays, Memoir, Travel Writing & Literary Journalism
With wendy call.
Elevate your memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, & lyric and personal essays.
Creative Nonfiction , Memoir , Personal Essay
The hero’s journey for storytellers.
Structure your story and give it meaning with Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel
Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Use Story and Premise Development for Writing Success
The premise line is the only reliable tool that can tell you, BEFORE you start writing, whether or not your story will “work.” In this class participants will learn how to master the process of premise line development—the essential first step in any book or screenplay’s development process.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Stage and Broadcast
Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Telling True Stories
With nicole hardy.
How do you tell your stories beautifully and authentically? Learn the fundamentals of creative nonfiction with Nicole Hardy.
Starting to write.
For those who want to kick start their writing into high gear.
These online writing classes don’t currently have a next session on our calendar, but will soon. If you see a course you’re interested in, use the “I’m Interested” button to let us know, and we’ll follow up with you when the course is on our calendar next.
Want to reach us or our instructors with questions about our online writing courses? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit the contact form .
(Live Workshop) Dream Writing
With zining mok.
How can writers harness the power of dreams? Let your slumber supercharge your creativity in this three hour dream writing workshop.
Creative Nonfiction , Live Workshop , Memoir , Personal Essay
(Live Workshop) Get Clear on Your Story and Voice
With nadia colburn.
What is your story about? What is your voice? Whether you write poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, hone your writing in this 3 hour workshop.
(Live Workshop) Writing Beginnings and Endings
With sarah aronson.
How do you write a story that's compelling to start and satisfying to finish? Sarah Aronson explains in this comprehensive one-day workshop.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Live Workshop , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Short Story
*Private Class | Shadow Writing
Your unconscious can drive your writing or block it. Gloria Kempton will guide you in coaxing your shadow out of hiding.
Creative Nonfiction , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Short Story
*Private Class | The Anti-Hero’s Journey for Storytellers
Throughout her writing career, Gloria Kempton has met many anti-heroes. In this course, you’ll receive feedback on your story antagonists.
Accessing Your Writer’s Voice
Voice: What is it and how do you find yours? Instructor Gloria Kempton offers feedback on assignments in this 3-week online class.
Block Buster: Turbocharge Your Creativity with Breakneck Writing
With gretchen clark.
Banish writer's block, unearth fresh ideas, and sharpen your storytelling ability with the practice of fast, timed writing.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
Boost Your Imagination and Reap the Literary Rewards
It happens to all of us: life gets in the way and our creativity falters. Get back on track with this four-week creativity boosting class!
Branches of Creative Nonfiction
With tess fahlgren.
What are the different types of creative nonfiction? From the personal essay to the hermit crab, learn the ropes of CNF in this 8 week class.
But What Is Your Story Really About? Finding the Core of Your Short Memoir, Story, or Personal Essay
Take a four-week writing adventure deep into the core of your story, to find the true theme of your personal essay, short story, or short memoir.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Personal Essay , Short Story
Character Transformation Workshop: How to Write Stories that Emotionally Resonate
Learn how to write emotionally resonant journeys that stick with the reader, using the power of character transformation.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Novel , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
Claiming Our Stories: Autobiography, Memoir & Autobiographical Fiction
With anya achtenberg.
Turn your experience into fiction, autobiography, or creative memoir. Bring forward stories with a powerful truth at their core. Instructor Anya Achtenberg.
Craft Your Story: Short Fiction and Memoir Live Workshops
With margo perin.
Get tailored advice and inspiration for your fiction or nonfiction stories, in this weekly live workshop with award-winning instructor Margo Perin.
Crafting the Poetry Novel: Advanced Workshop
With kelly bingham.
Want to make headway on your poetry novel? This workshop offers the structure and resources to get it done, with instructor Kelly Bingham.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Poetry
Creating the Visual Journal
With lissa jensen.
Go beyond narrow definitions of “journaling" to include visual images and let writing give what is seen a new voice. Surprise yourself.
Creative Nonfiction and the Personal Essay
Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.
Gretchen Clark pick axes her way into the volcanic marriage of real life and fiction. Weekly writing with incisive feedback.
Deepening and Organizing Our Stories: Memoir/Creative Nonfiction and Autobiographical Fiction
For writers of memoir, creative nonfiction and fiction, with some experience. Particularly helpful to writers in the midst of a longer work.
Embodied Writing: Improve Your Writing with Full-Body Creativity
With rosemary tantra bensko.
Have a grand time with specific physical exercises that honor your health, generate imaginative ideas, explore deeply and make your creative writing entertaining.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
Embodied Writing: Somatic Practices to Improve Your Work
Finding the real story: essential elements of story in fiction and memoir.
Address the larger issues of writing story through a look at the essential elements of narrative in fiction and memoir.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Short Story
Food Writing: Food-Focused Memoir
With jennifer billock.
The food we eat and enjoy tells volumes about our lives and experiences. Write it all down in this food memoir course, with Jennifer Billock.
From Pitch to Publication: Writing Narrative Journalism
Explore literary journalism as a powerful means to share fascinating characters, stories, and perspectives. Learn all you need to start pitching, landing, and writing reported essays and features.
Get Your Book Done Intensive! 4 Weeks to Measurable Progress
The summer is the best time to get the ball rolling on your book. Join us if you really want to get your book into the world.
Humor Is The New Black!
Ready to add a splash of fun to your writing life? Join us for a four-week humor writing class. We’ll read. We’ll laugh. We’ll write. We’ll experiment.
I’ve Drunk Your Poisoned Nectar: Writing with the Goddess
With shankar narayan.
Dig deep into the rich mythology of South Asian goddesses to find new inspiration for your work in this generative, open-genre writing class.
In Your Own Words: Transforming Life Into Memoir and Fiction
Learn how to draw inspiration and material from your life experiences or those of people you know, or want to know, to craft compelling, publishable memoirs, personal essays, autobiographical novels and short stories, and/or narrative poetry.
Make Your Prose Sing
With leslie lawrence.
Enrich your prose with techniques from poetry. Bring paper and pens; leave with a better ear and lots of ideas about how to make your prose sing.
No More Excuses! Four Weeks to Finish and Submit Your Personal Essay or Short Memoir
Join us for this insightful four-week “get the writing done” program, give and receive thoughtful comments from your fellow writers and the instructor, and enjoy heaps of encouragement and writing wisdom along the way.
Observing What’s Vivid in Prose and Poetry
With marc olmsted.
Learn how to spotlight beauty through fresh, vivid, and surprising language, in this four week mindfulness writing course.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
Overcome Writing Anxiety: Boost Your Storytelling Confidence in Four Short Weeks!
"Who are you to want to write?" Someone great, that's who! Politely ask Mr. or Ms. Fear to step aside while you sign up for this fun, freeing and functional adventure.
Rapid Story Development: A Master Plan for Building Stories That Work
In this 10 week story writing class, Jeff Lyons pairs the Enneagram with story development techniques to revolutionize your writing practice.
Revision Strategies for Novels
With randy susan meyers.
You've finished your novel. Now what? Develop in-depth revision strategies for your book in this two-part workshop series.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Live Workshop , Memoir , Novel
Scene Study: Strengthen Your Writing with Compelling Scenes
With susan pohlman.
Great stories are constructed with great scenes. Immerse your reader in your stories by learning the ropes of scene development.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
Show and Tell: How to Write Captivating Memoir and Nonfiction
With brad wetzler.
Your true story of healing or transformation can captivate and empower your readers. Learn how to balance showing the vivid details of your own journey with telling the broader themes for readers to apply in their own lives.
Suspense Sells! Power Up Your Writing With Conflict, Tension and Emotion
Inject suspense into your stories to keep readers turning pages. For writers of all kinds of fiction: thrillers, mysteries, romance, humor, literary and memoir. A four week class with Giulietta Nardone.
Tales From The Memory Palace: 6 to 250 Word Memoirs
If you want to be an in demand storyteller in the digital age, you need to get in, get out and get going. In this "short" four-week memoir writing adventure, you'll learn to scope out, swoop down and snatch up important memories from your life then speed write them into miniature masterpieces.
Techwashed!: Writing with AI, Data, and Surveillance
Raise a mirror against society's relationship to technology in this two part workshop series where we will learn how to write about tech.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Live Workshop , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
The Art of Storytelling
It’s an age-old art form—storytelling—and you can learn the craft.
The Chronology of Mind: From Journal to Poem or Prose
With barbara henning.
Gather material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes to develop into poems or prose works.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
The Soundtrack of Your Life: Writing About Music, Memories and Mix Tapes
In a song inspired class, write several essays about the music that has moved you through life: the emotions, the relationships, the events, the outcomes.
The Wandering Heart: Tales of Connection
Wander through the rooms of your own life to discover stories of deep connection, reconnection or loss of connection and fashion your findings into stories suitable for blog posts, essays, short memoirs, short plays, scenes in screenplays, or chapters of novels.
Creative Nonfiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir
Using Your Poetry Skills to Write Memoir
With freesia mckee.
How do poets tell their stories in prose? Take the leap from poetry to memoir in this hybrid writing workshop.
Creative Nonfiction , Live Workshop , Memoir , Poetry
Word Flashes & Eye Snapshots: Sketching Your Life Awake
For any writer wanting to root writing in vision and vision in the body: for poetry, fiction, essay, memoir & pleasure.
Write Your Memoir in 12 Weeks
With blaise allysen kearsley.
Writing can be a solitary experience, but writing a full memoir takes energy, momentum, and moral support. Find all three in this memoir writing intensive.
Creative Nonfiction , Memoir
Writing Autobiographical Fiction
Learn to depart from "what really happened," and write compelling fiction from your own life experiences.
Writing Circle Workshop: Writing for Happiness, Healing, and Health (Monday/Friday)
With susan vespoli.
Expressive writing can be a powerful elixir for what ails you. Learn and practice tools for writing expressively, including two virtual writing circles each week, turn raw writing into poetry or prose, and come away with a better understanding of how writing can lead toward wellness.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
Writing Circle Workshop: Writing for Happiness, Healing, and Health (Tuesday/Saturday)
Writing place in creative nonfiction.
In Creative Nonfiction, place is a character in itself. Deeply explore a narrative and a place of your choosing, and make weekly progress on your essay or memoir.
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5 Best Memoir Writing Courses Online to Bring Your Memories to Life
Writing a memoir is no simple task. After all, it’s your life . Here are the best memoir writing courses to help you infuse your work with structure and style.
"I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book."
- Gloria Swanson
So you’ve decided to write a memoir…
Congratulations! But what next?
How do you put the puzzle pieces together and do justice to the emotional memories and unexpected series of events that have become your life?
Here are the best memoir writing courses online to guide you as you embark on this exciting new project.
Created by expert memoirists, these courses will gently guide you in those moments of literary darkness when you struggle to find the right words to express yourself and your past experiences.
With step-by-step templates and detailed examples, you’ll find that these memoir writing classes provide the perfect mix of structure and flexibility, so you can create clarity and flow while preserving your unique writing voice.
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What are the Best Memoir Writing Courses?
Here are the best memoir writing courses to enroll in online this year:
1. Memoir and Personal Essay: Write About Yourself Specialization
How do you write about yourself so that others will want to read it?
That's the topic of this four-part specialization course on Coursera.
Watch and learn as instructors from the Shapiro Center for Writing share tips, prompts, exercises, readings and challenges to help every writer imagine, construct and write compelling pieces of non-fiction's most popular form: the personal narrative .
- Course 1: Memoir and Personal Essay: Managing Your Relationship with the Reader
- Course 2: Writing in First Person Point of View
- Course 3: Writing a Personal Essay
- Course 4: Writing Stories About Ourselves
Through 16 writing assignments across the four courses, and from reading the work of others, you will learn to put pen to paper (or keys to screen) and write the story of your life.
Best of all, you can transform your final portfolio into components of your memoir or essay.
Key course features:
- Earn a Certificate upon completion.
100% online courses
- Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
- Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
- No prior experience required.
Approximately 4 months to complete
- Suggested pace of 2 hours/week.
- Subtitles: English, Arabic, French, Portuguese (European), Italian, Vietnamese, German, Russian, Spanish, Hungarian.
=> Enroll in the Memoir and Personal Essay Specialization here .
2. Memoir Writing: Write a Personal Story for a Universal Audience
There’s no right way to tell a story but author and book coach Courtney Maum believes there is a right way to structure one.
In this Memoir Writing Class , she teaches aspiring authors how to create a compelling personal story using a three-act structure and a double timeline.
You'll begin by getting to know Courtney, the influences that have inspired her work over the years, and her experience with some of the biggest publishing houses in America, including Penguin Random House and The New York Times.
Then you'll learn what a memoir is, why they’re so popular, and the different forms a personal narrative can take.
As she walks you through building your own memoir, Courtney shares her advice for developing your narrative voice and knowing what to include and leave out of your personal story.
She also shows you how to keep yourself accountable during the writing process and how to generate a buzz around your story, even if you usually shy away from self-promotion.
- Memoir and Nonfiction Writing
- Finding Your Story's Structure
- Tips and Tricks to Keep Writing
- Final Project
- 12 Lessons (1h 11m)
- 11 Additional resources (3 files)
- Online and at your own pace
- Available from the app
- Audio: English
- Captions: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
- Level: Beginner
- Certificate upon completion
3. Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing
Author, journalist, and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell has written five nonfiction New York Times bestsellers, so he certainly knows a thing or two about writing creative nonfiction.
"What is creative nonfiction?" you ask...
Well, according to Gladwell , creative nonfiction is the art of using various literary techniques to tell true stories. It requires special attention to perspective and accuracy.
These are elements that play a major role when you write a memoir.
In this MasterClass , Gladwell shows you how to tap into your own experiences and create dynamic, riveting pieces that explore your personal history.
The class is 4 hours 54 minutes long, and it includes 24 video lessons:
- Structuring Narrative: The Imperfect Puzzle
- Holding Readers: Tools for Engagement
- Holding Readers: Controlling Information
- Selecting the Story
- Developing the Story
- Developing the Story: Analogous Worlds
- Characters: Descriptions
- Characters: World Building
- Character Case Study: "The Pitchman"
- Structuring Language
- Tone and Voice
- Humor and Melancholy
- Case Study: Language and Emotion in "Something Borrowed"
- Drafts and Revisions
- When Your Story Enters the World
- Working as a Writer
- How to Read
- Who to Read
- Conclusion: A Theory of Other Minds
As you can see, the MasterClass addresses a wide range of topics , so it's perfect for anyone who wants to sharpen their writing skills in general.
In addition, when you sign up for Masterclass, you automatically gain unlimited access to 100+ classes taught by other top instructors (including other writers).
From my experience, it's totally worth it!
4. Kick Start Your Memoir - Writing Exercises
Need writing exercises to help you generate ideas for your memoir?
This popular Udemy course is designed to take you on a journey through various memories to help you to find the slice of life that you may want to share.
As author and course instructor Dale Darley explains, this isn't a "how to write a memoir."
Rather it's a kick start . A kick start that will help you to later plan, outline, write, edit and publish your book.
By going through exercises that get you to write "ten chapters of your life", you will learn to:
- Unlock hidden memories
- Ignite your passion for writing
- Discover the areas of your life you want to write about
- Plan and write your memoir
- 3.5 hours on-demand video
- 6 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of completion
5. Writing The Truth: How to Start Writing Your Memoir
“We're all in this together trying to make sense of what it is to be a human being. And it's a hard and kind of beautiful and noble thing for you to try to do."
- Mary Karr
In this engaging Skillshare class , legendary memoirist Mary Karr (The Liar's Club, Cherry) describes the processes she relies on to write beautiful, visceral scenes that draw readers in.
Through a series of memory-focused writing exercises, Mary guides you through the tangled process of writing memoir and makes it clear, distinct, and actionable.
In just 56 minutes, you'll dive deep into Mary's approach to writing, including an exclusive look at the notebooks she's currently using to plan her next memoir, the commonplace book she uses to keep track of writing she loves, and bookshelves stacked with her favorite memoirs from years of avid reading.
- Jumpstarting Your Memory
- Creating a Commonplace Book
- Developing Your Voice
- Writing With Carnality
- Writing Interiority
- Truth of Memory
Whether you're a writer looking to tell the story of your life, a journaler searching for intriguing prompts, or a creative mind looking to learn from another creative mind, this class will unlock your ability to look inside yourself, analyze what you find, and share it with the world.
=> Sign up and enroll for free in the "Writing the Truth" class here .
Thanks for checking out this post on the best memoir writing courses online. Hopefully you've found a few options that will provide you with guidance and support for the task ahead.
Since quotes seem to have been the running theme of this blog post, I'll leave you with one last quote by Stephen King:
“Words create sentences; sentences create paragraphs; sometimes paragraphs quicken and begin to breathe.”
Although the thought of writing a memoir might seem daunting, once you equip yourself with the right tools and education, you're already one step ahead.
Keep moving forward to the best of your ability, and in the end you'll be left with a breathtaking masterpiece!
All the best,
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Memoir writing i.
Memoir Writing I is a 10-week workshop, which includes lectures, exercises, and the critiquing of student projects. It’s for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Farther down, you can view a syllabus for this course.
Every life holds many tales. Whether your life is wildly unconventional or relatively normal, there’s bound to be something fascinating about it. That’s why the contemporary memoir—everyday people telling their stories—has become such a popular phenomenon. A memoir covers an aspect of a life, whether it’s a short piece about, say, a bicycle ride with a friend, or a book about, say, your entire childhood.
To make readers care, your memoir must be told with the finesse of fiction. Here you’ll learn techniques for focusing your life stories, as well as well as writing craft and how to market your work.
Whether you seek to write essay-length pieces or a book, we’ll show you how to best tell the stories from your life.
I learned a ton about memoir.
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A memoir is similar to a personal essay; both incorporate elements from the writer’s life. But a personal essay focuses more on the viewpoint, and a memoir focuses more on the story. Gotham also offers courses on Essay & Opinion Writing and an Intensive on Personal Essay Writing .
Upcoming Classes NYC COVID Info
- Starts Tuesday, April 4 Online , anytime 10-Week Workshop David Berner
- Starts Tuesday, April 4 Zoom , 7pm – 10pm ET 10-Week Workshop Cindy House
- Starts Monday, April 10 Zoom , 10am – 1pm ET 10-Week Workshop Jil Picariello
- Starts Monday, April 10 NYC , 6:30pm – 9:30pm ET 10-Week Workshop Joselin Linder
- Starts Tuesday, April 11 Zoom , 2pm – 5pm ET 10-Week Workshop Barbara Schoichet
- Starts Wednesday, April 12 Zoom , 7pm – 10pm ET 10-Week Workshop Cullen Thomas
- Starts Tuesday, May 2 Online , anytime 10-Week Workshop
- Class Full. Join wait list. Starts Tuesday, March 7 Online , anytime 10-Week Workshop Scott LaCounte
Registration fee $25, paid once per term
To register for a 10-Week course, you need to pay in full to guarantee your place in class. Or you can pay a $95 deposit plus a $25 registration fee (total $120) to temporarily hold your place, but tuition must be paid in full 10 business days before your class starts or you risk losing your spot.
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This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of memoir craft and gets you writing a short memoir (or two) or a book. Course components: Lectures Writing exercises Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times) New York City/Zoom classes The syllabus varies from teacher to teacher, term to term. Many topics will be similar to those covered in the Online classes.
Online classes Week 1 Introduction to Memoir: The contemporary memoir defined. Short and long memoirs. Finding the “who cares?” in your story. Focusing on an aspect of your life. Types of memoirs—coming of age, adversity, relationship, career, travel.
Week 2 Mining Your Memory: How “true” must it be? Researching your past. The balance of being “actor” and “observer.” Not using memoir as therapy. Facing the truth.
Week 3 Character: Thinking of real people as characters. Making characters dimensional through desire and contrasts. Creating character profiles. Showing vs. Telling. Methods for showing characters.
Week 4 Plot: Finding a major dramatic question. Shaping a beginning, middle, and end. The difference between short and long plots. Pros and cons of outlining.
Week 5 Description: Using the senses. Specificity. Techniques for creativity. Finding the right words. Merging description with point of view.
Week 6 Dialogue: The importance of scene. Turning real life conversations into dialogue. Quotation marks and tags. Stage directions. Summarized dialogue. Characterization through dialogue. Subtext.
Week 7 Point of View/Voice: Point of view defined. First person and other memoir alternatives. Voice defined. Exploration of the various types of voice. Tips for finding your voice.
Week 8 Setting/Pacing: Creating setting through time, place, and weather. Description of setting. Mood and emotion of setting. How to manipulate time through pacing. Flashbacks.
Week 9 Theme/Revision: Theme defined. Types of theme. Weaving theme into a story. Exploration of the various stages of revision.
Week 10 The Business: Proper format for manuscripts. How to target publishing houses, literary magazines, and agents. How to send your work out. Query letters.
Note: Content may vary among individual classes.
Barbara Schoichet is the author of the memoir Don’t Think Twice: Adventure and Healing at 100 Miles Per Hour (Putnam) and the nonfiction book The New Single Woman: Discovering a Life of Her Own (Lowell House). Her short stories have appeared in MSS , the Sarah Lawrence Review , Permafrost Magazine, and Westword, and she has worked as a literary agent for Flannery, White and Stone, as an editor for RGA Publishing, and head publicity writer for Paramount Pictures. She has taught at Denver University, Lancaster University, Long Beach City College, Santa Fe Community College, and Stephens College. She holds a BA from Stephens College, an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Ph.D in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in England.
Cindy House is the author of the memoir Mother Noise (Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books), and her essays and short fiction have appeared in Passengers Journal , Lily Poetry Review , Wig Leaf , Solstice Literary Magazine , Longleaf Review , and So To Speak , among others. She is a humorist who opens regularly for David Sedaris at Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall, and The Town Hall in New York, among others. She teaches in the MFA program at Lesley University. She attended the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and holds an MFA in Fiction from Lesley University.
Cullen Thomas is the author of the memoir Brother One Cell (Viking). His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine , the Washington Post , The Daily Beast, Salon , The Rumpus, The Sonora Review, World Hum , Current Biography , and Penthouse . He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and the National Geographic channel and has taught at NYU. He holds a BA from Binghamton University.
David Berner is the author of the memoirs Walks with Sam , October Song , (both Roundfire) and The Consequence of Stars (Adelaide); the novels Things Behind the Sun (Adelaide) and A Well-Respected Man (Strategic); and the novella Sandman: A Golf Tale (Roundfire, forthcoming). His essays and short stories have appeared in Chicagoland Journal , Clef Notes, Epiphany , Eunoia Review , Longshot Island , Under the Gum Tree , and Write City . He is a reporter/anchor for WBBM Radio-Chicago and a contributor to the CBS Radio Network. He is the producer/writer of the audio documentaries NaNoWriMo (PRX/WRST Oshkosh, WI), Bracelets of Grace (Prairie Public Radio), and Finding My Kerouac (WFUV Radio, NYC). He teaches at Columbia College. He holds a BS from Clarion University, an MA in Teaching from Aurora University, and an MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Jil Picariello is the co-author of the memoir Jessica Lost (Union Square Press). She is the Theater Editor for ZealNYC , and her nonfiction has appeared in Afar , Food + Wine , New York , Seventeen , and USA Today . She has worked as a copywriter for New York and People , as copy chief for The Parenting Group at Time Warner, and as copy director for Reader’s Digest . She has taught at Media Bistro. She holds a BFA from New York University and an MFA in creative writing from The New School.
Joselin Linder is the author of the memoir The Family Gene (Ecco/Harper Collins), and co-author of the nonfiction books The Gamification Revolution (McGraw Hill), Game-Based Marketing (Wiley and Sons), and The Good Girl’s Guide to Living in Sin (Adams Media). She is also co-author of the humor books The Stoned Family Robinson (Adams Media) and The Purity Test (St. Martin’s Press). Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times , Elle , This American Life , NPR’s Morning Edition , StoryCollider , Life of the Law , and the New York Post . She holds a BA from Tufts University.
Scott LaCounte (also writing as Scott Douglas) is a long-time contributor to McSweeney’s , from which his humor series was turned into the memoir Quiet, Please: Dispatches From a Public Librarian (Da Capo Books). He has independently published a wide range of books on religion, as well as books for children and in the science fiction and humor genres. He holds a BA from California State University-Fullerton, and an MLIS in Library Science from San Jose State University.
is the author of the memoir Don’t Think Twice: Adventure and Healing at 100 Miles Per Hour (Putnam) and the nonfiction book The New Single Woman: Discovering a Life of Her Own (Lowell House). Her short stories have appeared in MSS , the Sarah Lawrence Review , Permafrost Magazine, and Westword, and she has worked as a literary agent for Flannery, White and Stone, as an editor for RGA Publishing, and head publicity writer for Paramount Pictures. She has taught at Denver University, Lancaster University, Long Beach City College, Santa Fe Community College, and Stephens College. She holds a BA from Stephens College, an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Ph.D in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in England.
is the author of the memoir Mother Noise (Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books), and her essays and short fiction have appeared in Passengers Journal , Lily Poetry Review , Wig Leaf , Solstice Literary Magazine , Longleaf Review , and So To Speak , among others. She is a humorist who opens regularly for David Sedaris at Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall, and The Town Hall in New York, among others. She teaches in the MFA program at Lesley University. She attended the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and holds an MFA in Fiction from Lesley University.
is the author of the memoir Brother One Cell (Viking). His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine , the Washington Post , The Daily Beast, Salon , The Rumpus, The Sonora Review, World Hum , Current Biography , and Penthouse . He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and the National Geographic channel and has taught at NYU. He holds a BA from Binghamton University.
is the author of the memoirs Walks with Sam , October Song , (both Roundfire) and The Consequence of Stars (Adelaide); the novels Things Behind the Sun (Adelaide) and A Well-Respected Man (Strategic); and the novella Sandman: A Golf Tale (Roundfire, forthcoming). His essays and short stories have appeared in Chicagoland Journal , Clef Notes, Epiphany , Eunoia Review , Longshot Island , Under the Gum Tree , and Write City . He is a reporter/anchor for WBBM Radio-Chicago and a contributor to the CBS Radio Network. He is the producer/ writer of the audio documentaries NaNoWriMo (PRX/WRST Oshkosh, WI), Bracelets of Grace (Prairie Public Radio), and Finding My Kerouac (WFUV Radio, NYC). He teaches at Columbia College. He holds a BS from Clarion University, an MA in Teaching from Aurora University, and an MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
is the co-author of the memoir Jessica Lost (Union Square Press). She is the Theater Editor for ZealNYC , and her nonfiction has appeared in Afar , Food + Wine , New York , Seventeen , and USA Today . She has worked as a copywriter for New York and People , as copy chief for The Parenting Group at Time Warner, and as copy director for Reader’s Digest . She has taught at Media Bistro. She holds a BFA from New York University and an MFA in creative writing from The New School.
is the author of the memoir The Family Gene (Ecco/Harper Collins), and co-author of the nonfiction books The Gamification Revolution (McGraw Hill), Game-Based Marketing (Wiley and Sons), and The Good Girl’s Guide to Living in Sin (Adams Media). She is also co-author of the humor books The Stoned Family Robinson (Adams Media) and The Purity Test (St. Martin’s Press). Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times , Elle , This American Life , NPR’s Morning Edition , StoryCollider , Life of the Law , and the New York Post . She holds a BA from Tufts University.
(also writing as Scott Douglas) is a long-time contributor to McSweeney’s , from which his humor series was turned into the memoir Quiet, Please: Dispatches From a Public Librarian (Da Capo Books). He has independently published a wide range of books on religion, as well as books for children and in the science fiction and humor genres. He holds a BA from California State University-Fullerton, and an MLIS in Library Science from San Jose State University.
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Various types of viewpoint writing—essays, op-eds, reviews, and more.
Prose writing with a humorous slant—fiction, memoir, essay, you name it.
Creative Nonfiction 101
A great entry point for the creative forms of nonfiction—memoir, essay, feature articles, reviews, etc.
Find the right true story to tell in this foundational class in writing book-length memoirs.
What you can learn.
- Identify significant moments from your life
- Structure your story into a book-length work
- Establish habits and tools for effective writing
- Read successful memoirs to discuss their strengths
- Complete an outline and draft of several chapters
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Spring 2023 schedule.
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.
This online course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.
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Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.
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MEMOIR WRITING COURSE ONLINE
Write the story that’s in your heart… your story.
Learn Story Creation. Trigger Memories. Structure and Write your Memoir. Evoke Creativity. Author and Memoir Coach Irene Graham will show you how.
Based on right-brain/left-brain visual writing techniques our 16-week Online Memoir Writing Course is fully interactive with The Memoir Writing Workbook .
Online Memoir Writing Course comprises:
- 16-week Online course – 12 x Lessons
- Hard copy full colour 230 page Memoir Writing Workbook by Irene Graham – we post it to you
- 80 Audios discussing each element of writing memoir – 2/4 minute duration each audio
- 2 x LIVE Writing Group Sessions with Irene Graham
- 2 x Submissions of Work with feedback
- 1 x LIVE Writing Private Session with Irene Graham to review your memoir
- Chat Room with Irene throughout course to ask questions on your writing and story
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- Access to reference library re questions and answers on all aspects of writing memoir
MEMOIR WRITING MASTERCLASS
An innovative 6-month Memoir Writing Masterclass facilitated LIVE online by Author and Memoir Coach Irene Graham. Workshop | The Memoir Writing Workbook | Classes | Private Tuition | Submissions
Memoir Writing Masterclass comprises:
- 6-month Online LIVE Workshop + Classes with Irene Graham based on her 32 years of teaching writing workshops
- Limited to 9 Participants
- Masterclass based on in-depth book and story development using personal life experiences
- Irene Graham’s LIVE Course: The Memoir Writing Workshop
- Right-brain/left-brain visual writing techniques
- Hard copy full colour 230 page Memoir Writing Workbook by Irene Graham – we post it to you
- Bi-weekly LIVE sessions
- Submission of story outline
- Private LIVE session with Irene on how to structure your personal story
- Submissions of written chapters with personal written feedback from Irene G.
- Workshopping of Manuscripts
Based on right-brain/left-brain visual writing techniques our 16-week Online Memoir Writing Course is fully interactive with The Memoir Writing Workbook .
Online Memoir Writing Course includes:
- 16-week Online course - 12 x Lessons
- Hard copy full colour 230 page Memoir Writing Workbook by Irene Graham - we post it to you
- 80 Audios discussing each element of writing memoir - 2/4 minute duration each audio
- Chat Room for group support
- Access to reference library re question and answers on all aspects of writing memoir
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An innovative 6-month Memoir Writing Masterclass facilitated LIVE online to eight writers by author and memoir coach Irene Graham. IG: try keep these panels the same height.
Memoir Writing Masterclass includes:
- 6-month Online LIVE Course + Classes with Irene Graham based on her 31 years of teaching writing workshops
- Irene Graham’s Course: The Memoir Writing Workshop
- Hard copy full colour 230 page Memoir Writing Workbook by Irene Graham – we post it to you
I searched for weeks to find a rich resource to learn how to write a memoir. I chose Irene Graham's Memoir Writing Club. Her workbook with right and left-brain exercises, extensive audio tutorials on her website, LIVE meetings and expert review of final work made Irene's Memoir Writing Club a superlative choice. I loved every minute of it!
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