Writing Memoir

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  • “Taking the course a second time helped me discover how much I’ve learned—and to be even happier with the outcome of the essay from this workshop.

    What a fantastic group of writers in this workshop. Great energy, great dynamics and great writing. I also found it particularly useful to focus on analyzing the published essays as a learning tool.”

    Samir, January 16, 2013

  • “I learned plenty of actionable techniques for structuring a personal 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, January 16, 2013

  • “What do I think of the personal essay as a form? It’s short enough to motivate you to finish the job, long enough to convey a message. The essay helps you realize that there’s more than one way to spread your writing wings. Thanks for the tool-kit and insights.”

    Flor, March 1, 2011

  • “Thank you once again for the fabulous workshop. I learnt a lot and – perhaps most importantly – was inspired to keep writing. I think that writing a personal essay is the perfect way for any writer to (re)examine their style, direction and ultimate writing objective. It is amazing how much you can get on paper in just two sessions!”

    Sarah, March 1, 2011

  • “The workshop helped me to get fired up and rewrite the story in my mother tongue. And the story came to me, beautiful and inspiring.”

    Milena, March 1, 2011

  • “As a reader, I seldom read essays but I now have more appreciation of the form. I learned, among other things, how to use memory as a writing prompt and the necessity of staying focused on one theme.”

    Shelley, March 1, 2011

  • “I learned concrete steps for improving my personal essay-writing skills and for completing work. Also, we learned several literary techniques for engaging the reader…. The atmosphere created during the workshop was friendly and stimulating. The quality of the essays brought to the class was very good, and the commentary was constructive for all.”

    Gökhan, April 30, 2010

  • “I learned more about my own style and writing needs: where my strengths lie, what to improve.”

    Cintia, April 30, 2010