Writing Memoir

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  • “I really appreciated understanding the different approaches to the personal essay, which I was not familiar with, and learning about finding the universal in the personal.

    How did it feel to let others hear my work? Nice—it was done in a very safe and supportive way.”

    Adé, February 25, 2019

  • “I learnt several different techniques that I can apply to telling my story. In terms of being with other memoirists, it was fun, and I liked how different we all were. I was so nervous about my writing, though, because my story was pretty heavy. But when it came to the feedback, everyone was so lovely about it all; it made me feel so relieved.”

    Ashley, February 25, 2019

  • “Lisa is a great teacher. Enthusiastically, hilariously, dramatically, she guides you past all of literature’s obstacles—and makes you feel as though you conquered them yourself.”

    JS, February 25, 2019

  • “What, exactly, did I learn at ‘Writing Memoir’ workshop?

    With the help of wonderfully curated models, I learned about different approaches to—and narrative designs for—the personal essay. The ‘checklist’ of elements to look for in the revision of our personal essays was also helpful.

    Thank you for creating a safe environment where we can feel entitled to tell our stories.”

    Héctor, February 25, 2019

  • “I was relieved that I was not the only one ‘out there,’ trying to put my experiences into words. Letting others hear my work was nerve-wracking at first, but later, I appreciated it: people talked about what they liked as well as what I could do to enrich my story. I loved the way the group leader conducted the workshop—with sensitivity and respect. Thank you for this.”

    Linda, February 25, 2019

  • “What, exactly, did I learn at the ‘Writing Memoir’ workshop? So much! I basically knew nothing about writing. It was a great group and the pieces were really enjoyable and helpful. The handout was also extremely helpful with the assignment and for future writing. I never knew where to begin. Now I know. The highlight was maybe the satisfaction I experienced from winning my internal battle and finishing–against all odds–a story. It was exhilarating and fulfilling!”

    Sandra, January 28, 2018

  • “I liked ‘Writing Memoir’ a lot because it was involving, touching, and funny. I learned how to structure a memoir, and I learned some ‘rules’ that can be followed in the process of developing the work.

    The texts the instructor chose to guide us were absolutely beautiful. I liked the way she explained everything: by extrapolating the essence of the message behind the words. This let us reflect on the work, and at the same time, it inspired us.”

    Maria Elena, January 28, 2018

  • “I was such a lovely, supportive environment to give and receive feedback. Also–strawberry Oreos…so good!

    I really enjoy these workshops. The instructor us great and the content is very high-value. It’s a great way to spend a weekend, totally nerding out and indulging in writing. I learn something new each time I come, and I leave with a renewed sense of vigor/urgency for my creative writing. Thanks so much for providing all your students this environment.”

    Jackie, January 28, 2018