Developing a Memoir
This workshop is for any writer in any stage of a memoir—planning, just starting, in process, or stuck. It is also ideal for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of narrative nonfiction. We will explore key ingredients of memoir writing, applicable across all styles and subjects. Topics include structure, framing, shaping, time, tense, points of entry, compression, unity, dialogue, “the messy middle,” and the place of “creativity” in narrative nonfiction. This will not be a revision or manuscript workshop; instead, the emphasis will be on stretching your craft, and thinking through your project. Each meeting will include models, talks, Q&A, and practice pertaining to a key skill or approach to memoir writing. There will also be opportunities to read what you write—though no one will be forced to read.
In this workshop, we will generate new writing through exercises and assignments.