Writing Your Life: How to Plan, Write, and Develop Your Memoir

Open Seats


Regular $87.50
Member $78.75
Low Income $61.25
Noon-5 p.m.
Creative Nonfiction
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
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Whether you are trying to write the story of your life for publication or as a family legacy, this class by the author of two memoirs will show you how to organize your stories into a readable, interesting work. You will be introduced to a simple formula that successful authors use to find the central conflict in their story, then plan, organize, and write scenes and chapters around it. We'll explore essential book-writing techniques such as the value of themes, how action and reflection balance one another in memoir and creative nonfiction, and the author's voice versus the narrative voice.

Bring a few rough-draft pages from your memoir to work on during the exercises, if you wish, or any notes you have so far. Class will take place in real time online, via Zoom, with ample time for in-class writing exercises.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access the live meeting portions of this class, 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 & video capability. You will receive instruction on how to join your Zoom classroom approximately one week before your class is set to begin and then again on the start date of your class. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.