Memoir in Progress - Remote!

10 Wednesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting September 16th
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
This class is full

This course is designed for students who are actively engaged in writing a memoir. We will study key elements of craft including, but not limited to, creating narrative drive and tension, writing scenes vs. exposition, integrating research, developing character, dealing with "truth" and memory. The class will pay close attention to structure; we’ll consider several classic and not-so-classic structures. Each week, we will workshop student manuscripts, discuss craft topics, and analyze exemplary memoirs and personal essays. Students will have 3-4 opportunities to share their work in class. The instructor will also provide feedback for submitted work. In addition, each student is expected to develop a solid outline of the memoir in progress. By the end of the course, in addition to workshopped material, students will leave with a greater understanding of how to develop an engaging, well-written memoir. 

Please come to the first class with the opening page of your manuscript.

Class will not meet on November 11th or November 25th. 

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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Xujun Eberlein
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Revision Assignments
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Nonfiction

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