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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Intermediate
  • 13 Weeks

Memoir Intensive

No Longer Enrolling

  • $770.00 Non-Member
  • $735.00 Member

Class Description

In order to get started with a memoir, you’ll want to get some grounding in the form. In this class we’ll take apart two memoirs, H is for Hawk and The Chronology of Water, two very different books that use life experience as the material for telling a big story. For the first 6 weeks, we’ll take apart these books, looking at character, story, setting, scene and summary, the structure of chapters, the use of time, and the narrative voice. You will learn how to read memoir like a writer, and how to see techniques in other people’s work that you can use in your own. You’ll also get specific exercises from each of these discussions for developing your own story and creating a provisional outline for a book-length work. (We’ll also look at sections of The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, itself a kind of memoir.) In the second 8 weeks, we’ll workshop pages that you have generated as you discover your own subject, voice, and story. At the end of the class you can give the instructor up to 20 pages for review and critique.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply or find out more, check out our scholarships page.

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!