Online: Zoom

Crafting the 5-Minute Memoir

Friday, March 3rd, from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

A 5-minute memoir is a brief narrative covering a particular facet of the author’s life. Mine your memory to explore a significant event or incident to produce a first draft mini-memoir that can be touching, poignant, hilarious, or simply entertaining. Learn to identify your story’s essence, the truth it reveals, and to engage the reader through fictional techniques. Through 3 or 4 in-class writing prompts, inspired by short published texts, produce an initial draft that has the potential to impact and resonate for the reader far beyond the page. Leave inspired to polish your work in progress.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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Lisa Braxton
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Previous Students Say

  • Great for Newbies
  • Inspired Me to Write More
  • Supportive Environment


  • In-Class Writing Prompts
  • Craft Lessons
  • Lecture
  • In-Class Reading
  • Class Discussion


  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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