So You’ve Got Experience You Want to Write About?

Regular $140.00
Member $126.00
April 5, 2021-April 26, 2021
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Creative Nonfiction
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
4 Week
Class Creative Nonfiction Genre Rectangle

Every time you try to write, do your memories come flooding out? Are your characters all you? Do you want to write about your personal experiences? Whatever your genre, if you want to write from your experiences, this class is for you. Our goal will be to talk about practical challenges you face when integrating personal experience into your writing—and look at some craft challenges. Not every memory makes for a great story.

Each week we will read short selections of writers that have either talked about writing from personal experience or done so. We’ll have writing prompts to explore our memories and spend time naming our obstacles and brainstorming solutions. We will do peer workshop and you can get feedback from the instructor in addition to weekly chats. By the time this class finishes, you will have a collection of writing prompts that speak to the power of personal experience that you can use over and over to generate content. You’ll also understand challenges in using memory to inform your writing and have some practical skills to use when working in the land of memory. Come—join us—let’s transform memory and experience into art.

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.