Writing Memoir

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  • “The “Writing Memoir” workshop taught me to think outside the (memory) box. I used the idea of “the remembered moment” to write my personal essay; [the workshop] taught me to write from an emotion, and at the same time, to look at what I write as if I’m sculpting the story for the reader, inviting the reader into my memory. I felt honored to be part of everyone else’s writing process, too.”

    Priscilla, June 26, 2021

  • “When it comes to creative writing, Lisa is my trusted mentor, coach and workshop leader. Her feedback is always constructive, insightful and galvanizing.”

    Kerrie, November 21, 2020

  • “I was initially concerned about getting emotionally overwhelmed when letting other people hear my work, but by doing a second draft of review for myself focusing on the techniques learned and not on the personal emotion that went into the first draft, I managed to distance myself from the thoughts and focus on the text.

    My goal is to have a toolbox of different techniques that I can practice and choose from, depending on the story that I am interested in developing, and this workshop helped me do that.”

    RS, November 21, 2020

  • “The exercises that we did on the first day are a wonderful way to start writing anything, anywhere. The course, by allowing us to hear our work read aloud, was a valuable exercise in experiencing one’s writing from a distance. It felt liberating and very real to hear my text read out loud by someone else.

    The atmosphere created in this workshop was welcoming, and really kept the focus on the material. Everyone left with tools to be able to continue writing—and enjoy the process.”

    Sára, November 21, 2020

  • “The “writing memoir” workshop taught me how to write more vividly and imbue the story with verisimilitude. If a piece is authentic, my personal experience can become universal—and reach the reader on a deeper level. This was really stimulating, as I felt invited to experiment with my own writing.

    The atmosphere was also really striking. The entire workshop took place in a professional and safe space where I could express myself and receive constructive feedback. I tend to be very critical towards what I write, but letting others hear my work was a huge gift, a sort of reality check that gave me further stimulus to keep writing and value the result of those efforts.”

    EB, November 21, 2020

  • “As someone who loves to write for my own enjoyment, I understood that I was essentially building my writer’s toolbox, and I wanted to work on projects that would require more sophisticated tools. For me, this workshop was a place to find those sophisticated tools. I learned techniques for the actual writing process, and I came away with a deeper sense of what moves readers. I’m finding that this focused study of the writing process helps not only with my personal writing, but in my profession. I am excited to delve deeper into my writing— both memoir and fiction—with the sophisticated tools I now have.”

    Ingrid G., November 21, 2020

  • “This was such a great workshop.  I am profoundly grateful that I gave myself the gift of this weekend! The other writers, [the instructor], the way it was run, the things I learned, and what I achieved over two-and-a-half days was just beyond all expectation!”

    Sarah, November 21, 2020

  • The workshop helped me move past the intimidation that the word ‘memoir’ evoked, and got me writing. Being able to share one’s writing, particularly with the veil of anonymity, is an incredible experience. It is both a pleasure to hear how others have interpreted the assignment, and what they see in what you have gotten down on the page.”

    Danny, May 16, 2020