Surprising Yourself in Memoir - Remote!
It was Robert Frost who pointed out, “no surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader,” a principle that applies to poetry as well as memoir. But how do you surprise yourself when you already know your life story? This workshop will challenge you to gain new perspectives on your memoir through writing exercises. We’ll also take a closer look at how writers including Natasha Trethewey, Joan Didion, and Richard Hoffman build self-discovery into their work. Learn to open yourself to new insights into familiar material so you might go deeper into the stories that you are telling about your life.
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:
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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Previous Students Say
- "Supportive Environment"
- "Inspired Me to Write More"
- "Inundated with Great Info"
- Generate New Work
- Craft Lessons
- In-Class Writing
- In-Class Reading
- Class Discussion
- Book-Length Memoir
- Personal Essay