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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 21 Weeks

Advanced Memoir Planning & Draft Builder

No Longer Enrolling

  • $1,495.00 Non-Member
  • $1,445.00 Member

Class Description

In this advanced memoir class spanning five months, you will come with an idea for a book-length memoir, and leave with a solid start of a draft and a plan for where to go next. This class is perfect for those interested in eventually participating in the Memoir Generator or Memoir Incubator program.

In the first half of this class, we will focus on planning and outlining your memoir. Students will share some of their favorite memoirs by a variety of authors, and we will look at how those authors structured their stories. We’ll do exercises in class designed to help you figure out how to tell and structure your story. We’ll look at exemplary readings from writers like George M. Johnson, Chanel Miller, Nick Flynn, and Grace Talusan, and discuss memoir craft aspects such as situation & story, moments of being, research and interviewing, character development, use of dialogue, etc.

In the second half of class, we will transition towards building your draft. For some students, this will mean using an outline you devised in part one, and for others it will mean diving in and creating a roadmap as you go. You have three opportunities to workshop material from your memoir during this half of class, and will receive feedback from both your classmates and the instructor. Equally important, each week you are expected to read and critique three workshop submissions from your fellow students. We will also spend the second half of class reading a selected memoir and discussing the craft techniques and story development from that week's reading each week.

Please note: Class does not meet February 6th or May 28th.

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!