Finding Your Memoir

Saturday, February 1st, 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full
This hands-on workshop is designed for writers who are interested in sharing key elements of their life stories. In this full-day session we will discuss the structure of book-length memoir and key features of this genre including: finding your theme or through-line; dealing with internal and external conflict; the power of voice in memoir; telling the truth/writing about family; and structuring a memoir.
We will do several short writing exercises in class focusing on the following--identifying potential turning points in your story; finding an opening hook or inciting incident; conveying emotional stakes; and playing with structure.
We will also review short excerpts/examples from several published memoirs. Come prepared to write, and bring a brief one-two paragraph description of your project to share with the class.
You'll leave the session with a clearer sense of your through-line and theme, new tools to assist you in creating your book's structure, and practical techniques to continue working on your project.
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Judah Leblang
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Great for Newbies"


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


  • Book-Length Memoir

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