Online: Zoom

Structuring a Novel and Memoir with Good Bones (2-Part)

2 Fridays, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST), starting on March 24th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

Are you in the morass of meandering, researching, and sketching your memoir or novel but need help to get a firm hold? Do you need a better grasp of the tools that will elevate your writing? For those who are beginning (or have begun many times but never finished), this workshop will provide a working outline for building the framework, using the “how do you eat an elephant” approach: one bite at a time.

Participants will move from their initial idea to being able to write an outline. By the end of the second class, participants will walk out having a skeleton on which to build their novel.

These steps are helpful whether you are beginning your first memoir or novel or your 14th (I go through this process each time I start a new project.) Seminar participants should bring their story idea/s, index cards, pens, a computer or notebook, and a pencil (with an eraser!

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.

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Randy Susan Meyers
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Previous Students Say

  • Lots of Practical Tips
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"
  • "Very Well-Organized"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"


  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Inspiration


  • The Novel
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Professional Development & Skills

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