Starting Your Memoir

Open Seats


Regular $280.00
Member $252.00
January 25, 2022 - March 15, 2022
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Creative Nonfiction
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
8 Week
Class Creative Nonfiction Genre Rectangle

There is a saying in Iceland that everyone has a book inside of them. Perhaps not so coincidentally, 10% of the Icelandic population has written a book. What is the book inside of you? What stories do you have to tell? What lessons to impart? In Starting Your Memoir, you will do just that: Start your memoir. Over the course of eight weeks, students will take a look at some examples of memoirs by writers including Cheryl Strayed, Kiese Laymon, and Esme Weijun Wang, enhance their understanding of writing techniques, and put what they learn into practice by responding to a number of generative writing prompts. Students will also have the opportunity to share their work and give and receive feedback as part of class. The teaching artist will provide mini-lecture videos, PDFs of short readings, and writing exercises.

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.