Writing Memoir

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  • “The other memoirists were inspiring, open, and hardworking. I loved that there was such a diverse group of writers in terms of age and life experience.

    I have to admit that I was nervous about others hearing my work. I so appreciated the total anonymity. I also appreciated the extent to which the instructor controlled the feedback.

    I came away energized and ready to write more. I think that’s the highest compliment one can give to a writing workshop.”

    Suzanne, January 18, 2015

  • “I learned so much from listening to other people’s questions and observations—as well as their work. The anonymity was a comfort given the personal nature of what I shared. It’s interesting to hear if the emotion wrapped up in the writing actually transmits to the audience.

    I would have spent a week in that room. It was a really lovely learning experience.”

    Noreen, January 18, 2015

  • “I learned, for the very first time, the different ways of structuring an essay. The way the essays were presented helped me discover my preferred essay style. I am going to expand on what I started this weekend and see where it takes me. This workshop was just what I needed to start me on writing again.”

    Dorothy, November 5, 2014

  • “I learned plenty of actionable techniques for structuring an essay and producing prompts…It was cathartic to write something new…I feel like for the first time in a long time, I did something for me and helped advance my craft.”

    Angela, November 5, 2014

  • “I learned not hold back and to reveal myself freely.
    I learned to make my experience universal.
    I learned to structure my writing.”

    Raina, November 5, 2014

  • “I learned:
    – How to identify and use the key elements that make a personal essay
    – How to finish an essay
    I had already taken this class before, but each time, I find myself learning new techniques and improving on what I already know. Great group of people, useful comments and suggestions. A safe and nurturing environment for writers.”

    Isabella, November 5, 2014

  • “I learned different structures for essays. With a defined structure in mind, it is easier to scale a short personal essay to a longer one. When I wrote my essay this time, the feeling of flow was great. Am I planning to continue writing personal essays? Definitely, but in Chinese.”

    Sun, November 5, 2014

  • “I learned about different structures for an essay—and about some authors I would like to read more of. The instructor has obviously been doing this for a long time. She was very well prepared. She respected everyone’s comments and input. Everyone’s piece was given in-depth analysis.”

    Anna, November 5, 2014