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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Intermediate

Memoir in Progress: Finding the Heart of Your Story

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  • $620.00 Non-Member
  • $595.00 Member

Class Description

This intermediate-to-advanced level course is designed for students who are actively engaged in writing a memoir. In the course, students will develop and refine their understanding of key aspects of the genre in relation to their work.

Topics will include the following:
• Finding your story arc/through-line and central question
* The opening hook and inciting incident
* Creating compelling scenes and climactic moments
* Scene, context, and sense of place
• Finding a balance between scene, summary, and musing

Students will have 3-4 opportunities to share short (1-3 page excerpts) of their work in class, and will complete a series of in-class writing exercises focusing on the building blocks of memoir. In addition, students can submit up to 10 pages during the course for instructor feedback.

Scholarship Information

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 more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, 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!