The Memoir Series: Where to Begin

Friday, September 23rd, 10:30am-1:30pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
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One of the hardest aspects of writing a memoir is knowing where your story begins. Some memoirs begin with the meeting of the writers' parents, others begin at the end of the story, and others begin with a central question posed by a traumatic event. In this seminar we will look at how a variety of memoirists answer the question, Where to begin? and explore why these beginnings work. We'll also do a series of in-class exercises to help us locate where our stories can start. 

Part of GrubStreet's Memoir Series, dedicated to the craft and process of memoir writing. Classes include:

To learn more about instructor Alysia Abbott and her teaching style, check out the short podcast with her in our GrubStreet Instructor Interview series:

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Alysia Abbott
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  • Writing Homework
  • Reading Homework
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Workshop


  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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