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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom

Finding the Backbone for Your Memoir

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

You decided to write a memoir. You’ve collected a bunch of memories and moments — maybe you haven’t written them all out yet, but you have a list. Now how in the world do you get all of these pieces to fit together?!

This class is all about finding the backbone for your memoir project. The backbone is the through-line that connects all of your memories together and makes your memoir feel cohesive. Through reflective writing prompts, students will identify the “heart” of their memoir. Then,we will discuss what constitutes a strong and clear backbone. We will use memoiric pieces by writers like Noor Hindi and Maggie Nelson as examples of different approaches to building the backbone. In guided writing exercises, students will find the backbone that serves the heart of their memoir, and begin integrating the backbone into their project. At the end of class, students will have the opportunity to share about their backbone and read brief excerpts of their memoirs.

Memoirists in all stages of their project are welcome!

Scholarships Format/Location

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 detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!