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Special Series

Special Series

Memoir Generator Instructor Statement

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By Michelle Seaton


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The Memoir Generator is an intensive program designed to help students in the early stages of writing a full-length memoir. We are pleased to share instructor, Michelle Seaton's, philosophy. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in many notable publications and she has been an instructor at GrubStreet since 2000.

"Many people begin with an idea for a memoir, based on an extraordinary experience or set of experiences, or the survival of a terrible loss, or the details of a personal quest. These are all great starting points for a story, but a memoir is more than just a description of what happened. In this class, we’re going to study published memoirs as we write our own, in part to learn how to borrow great techniques from other writers. We’re also going to distance ourselves from what took place in the past and start thinking about why the story has to be told. We’re going to build a supportive environment that lets you generate a lot of pages, and we’re going to give you some distance from your younger self so you can look at your story as a story."

If you are looking for more info please join us for the Memoir Generator Open House and Info Session happening remotely on Thursday, June 20th, 6:30-7:30pm EDT.
We are now accepting applications for the 2024 - 2025 generator. Apply here by July 22nd at 11:59pm (EST). Scholarships are available!

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