Moments into Memoir

Regular $140.00
Member $126.00
November 12, 2020-December 10, 2020
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Creative Nonfiction
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
4 Week
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The most effective memoirs create a comprehensive and cohesive story told through the moments that moved us. Figure out what those moments are, and the memoir starts to take form. This class will tackle these first key steps in crafting a memoir and help writers interested in memoir writing to determine what their memoir is about at its core.

Ultimately, memoirs aren’t “this happened, then that” but snapshots in time woven together in support of an overarching theme or narrative. Once a writer understands what it is that one hopes to convey, the writer can search for those small stories that together will help the writer do just that. This class will draw on passages and works from authors across cultures, industries, and eras—from Joan Didion and Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Malala Yousafzai and Shaquille O’Neal—to explore how effective moments are captured, structured, and used within the larger context of memoir writing. 

Through this class, writers can expect to develop core memoir theme/lens, start identifying moments of focus, and write a draft version of a moment for memoir. Class will take place online, via Zoom, with live weekly meetings, including ample time for in-class writing exercises and weekly writing assignments to do between sessions. There is no class November 26.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.