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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Advanced
  • 11 Weeks

Master Memoir

No Longer Enrolling

  • $595.00 Non-Member
  • $570.00 Member

Class Description

In this ten-week workshop, designed for writers who want to think seriously about memoir in the context of narrative voice and structure, we’ll work with writing prompts and revision strategies to help participants see their memoirs in a new light. To bolster our insights, we'll discuss works by other authors, keeping a focus on the elements of literary craft. Interested writers should consider this an opportunity to work through problems that have arisen with an existing manuscript, as well as an opportunity to generate new material. Each student will be expected to present three longer pieces (up to fifteen pages each) and a short piece (one page) over our ten weeks together. Please bring the first two pages of your memoir to the first class. No computers will be allowed in class; all notes must be taken by hand. Authors we'll discuss may include some of the following:

  • E.B. White
  • Jeanette Winterson
  • Cheryl Strayed
  • Denis Johnson
  • Nick Flynn
  • Jeanette Walls
  • Roxane Gay
  • David Foster Wallace
  • Dani Shapiro
  • Catherine Chung
  • Mira Bartok
  • Lucy Grealy
  • Jo Ann Beard
  • Jenny Lawson

The deadline to apply to this class has passed. If you applied, you can expect to hear back from the reading committee by Tuesday, September 2nd.

NOTE: This class will not take place on Sunday, October 12th, 2014 or Sunday, November 30th, 2014.

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!