Narrative Memoir Workshop (1941) *SOLD OUT*

Five Tuesday: March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 10 a.m. to noon. *SOLD OUT*

$175 (10% off for Members)

Memoir, like all creative non-fiction, relies on literary craft tools such as scene and plot to mold a clear storyline and develop characters.  

This five-meeting workshop will help you to write your memories into scenes for essays or chapters of a full manuscript. Participants will respond to writing prompts and workshop one essay or manuscript excerpt (up to 750 words.) We will consider issues of editing, revising, organizing research and chapters, and publishing. Students will receive feedback from peers and the instructor during group workshop sessions throughout the last four classes.   

This class is open to all levels, from first-time memoirists to experienced writers.

In-class writing prompts will change every session; you are welcome to take this class more than once. 

No homework is due for the first day of class. Please bring paper and a pen (or charged laptop) to every class. You will be writing in-class and at home starting with the first session.  

We will rely on email for communication and distribution of student writing after the first week. 

To participate fully in the class, it is necessary to have an email account that you check regularly. Five Tuesday: March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 10 a.m. to noon. *SOLD OUT*

Recommended Reading:

The Art of the Personal Essay, ed. by Phillip Lopate

Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoirby Beth Kephart

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King


Chloe Yelena Miller has been teaching writing privately and at the college level since 2005, when she received her MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry chapbook, Unrest, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her writing has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Poet’s Market, Inside Higher Ed, The Cortland Review, and Narrative, and others. Read sample publications and writing advice here:

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385423397
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Published: Anchor - January 15th, 1997

Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592408153
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Published: Avery - August 6th, 2013

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439156810
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Published: Scribner - July 6th, 2010