Writing Memoir

See what people are saying

  • “I learned to write in a way that was previously unknown to me. I learned to access my feelings and stay with what I was feeling, which was really difficult, but important. I went back to sections of a memoir that I had started years ago, sorted out those sections, and now have a clearer idea of what to do with them.”

    Ingrid T., May 16, 2020

  • “These workshops are so helpful in getting us to produce written work without judgment or restriction. There are guiding principles and techniques, but the rest [of the process] allows for space and the opportunity for the work to materialize.”

    Jessica, May 16, 2020

  • “One participant shared how some unskillful criticism had stopped her from writing for several years. This reiterated the importance of giving constructive feedback, such as we received in this workshop. I was impressed by the skillful facilitation skills of the instructor, and the care she took to make this workshop a safe and welcoming space for all the participants.”

    Shelley, May 16, 2020

  • “It was a remarkable group, not only because of the quality of the writing, but because of the kindness all around. [The instructor’s] guidelines for participant response are inspiring. As a teacher, she constructs a safe space for subject matter that might otherwise make a writer feel reluctant to share. I am so appreciative of the chance to share a part of my story, and grateful for the insights of the other participants. It was a soft landing for my first experience sharing memoir.”

    Ann, May 16, 2020

  • “This workshop taught me that there are many ways to structure a piece, many different approaches and forms, but one thing remains true – staying with just one emotional experience and exploring it as deeply as I can is key. For me, the revelation was that first I need to allow myself that complete immersion in the memory, in the emotions, to access my deeper feelings, get them onto the page—technically speaking, to “generate material”—before I do anything else.

    I knew I was in good hands with [the instructor] as the moderator – very sensitive, considerate, and kind.”

    Katya, May 16, 2020

  • “Lisa is a highly skilled teacher who is adept at guiding students at all levels and abilities, experience, and English-language proficiency, including native speakers. The tone she sets is professional, where students and writers feel comfortable exposing their lives as well as their writing. I highly recommend the writing workshops; I’ve left each workshop with a written piece to develop further.”

    Susan, December 14, 2019

  • “I learned that there are many points of view from which one can start. I learned that writing can be a lifeline, and it’s very important for me in this phase of life. It felt good to be with people from all over the world.”

    Gwen, December 14, 2019

  • “Being in the midst of other memoirists felt good; I felt like I was not alone. I liked how we talked about each piece, and how each piece gave me a sense of community.”

    Charisma, December 14, 2019