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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

The Memoir Series: Writing the Threshold Moments

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  • $65.00 Non-Member
  • $55.00 Member

Class Description

One way to look at a journey is by the thresholds we’ve crossed. Whether in miles or in mind, our lives are a series of thresholds, large and small, that in some way change us and/or our paths. In our memoirs, these are the moments that propel our stories forward—whether it’s your first kiss (or your last kiss) with someone, the evening you got lost in the woods, the moment your first child was born, the moment you decided that chocolate could possibly save your soul, or, in the words of Mary Oliver, that day “you knew what you had to do,” these turns in the road are rife with possibility for creating suspense, advancing plot, developing character, and creating bridges that connect to other important scenes in your memoir. In this class, we’ll look at a selection of memoir excerpts to discuss the powers of the liminal space, and we’ll use a series of writing prompts to mine the memory for those life-changing, page-turning moments.

Part of GrubStreet's Memoir Series, dedicated to the craft and process of memoir writing. For more on this series' offerings, click here.

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!