Memoir in Progress II - Remote!

8 Mondays from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST), starting January 25th
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
This class is full

This intermediate-to-advanced level course is designed for students who are actively engaged in writing a memoir and have completed at least 50 pages of a first draft. In the course, students will develop and refine their understanding of key aspects of the memoir genre in relation to their work.

Topics will include the following:

  • Finding your story arc/through-line and central question
  • The role of theme in memoir
  • Creating compelling scenes and climactic moments
  •  Finding your voices—innocence and reflective
  • The importance of setting
  • Finding a balance between scene, summary, and musing

Students will have several opportunities to share short (3 page excerpts) of their work in class, and will complete a series of in-class writing exercises focusing on the building blocks of memoir. In addition, students can submit up to 12 pages during the course for instructor feedback.

Please Note: Class will not meet on February 15th (President's Day). 

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! 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 via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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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Judah Leblang
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Previous Students Say

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


  • Generate New Work
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Class Discussion


  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Nonfiction

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