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"All that you need to become a better memoir writer is the desire. This course will give you everything else."
- William Dameron
 IT director
"The course helped to re-ignite my passion for my book. I'm excited enough to register early for Memoir II."
- Tracey Hughes
 public relations
"This class was a wonderful mix of lecture, assignments, exchanges, and critiques. I've learned so much. My technique has improved, and I will continue to refer to the lectures as I write my memoir."
- Deborah Lehman
 Freelance Journalist
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Memoir NYC

Every life holds many tales. Whether your life is wildly unconventional or relatively normal, there’s bound to be something fascinating about it. That’s why the contemporary memoir—everyday people telling their stories—has become such a popular phenomenon. A memoir covers an aspect of a life, whether it’s a short piece about, say, a bicycle ride with a friend, or a book about, say, your entire childhood.
 
To make readers care, your memoir must be told with the finesse of fiction. Here you will learn techniques for focusing your life stories, as well as well as writing craft and how to market your work.
 
Whether you seek to write essay-length pieces or a book, we’ll show you how to best tell the stories from your life.

Notes:

A memoir is similar to a personal essay; both incorporate elements from the writer’s life. But a personal essay focuses more on the viewpoint, and a memoir focuses more on the story. Gotham also offers courses on Essay & Opinion Writing and an Intensive on Personal Essay Writing


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Level I
Memoir Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
Using a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this course gives students a firm grounding in all the basics of memoir writing. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner.
  • Write one or two short memoirs or begin a book
  • Lectures on basics of memoir craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for critique (two times)

Memoir I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

View a course syllabus.

(3.0 CEU)

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $420, Returning Students $390. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 12 Mondays 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 1:00PM
No Class: Jan 19, Feb 16
Jan 12 Mondays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Jan 19, Feb 16
Jan 13 Tuesdays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Jan 14 Wednesdays 555 8th Ave. 2:00PM - 5:00PM
     
= Discounted Class! Click ENROLL to register for $275.00. Can't be used with other discounts.
= Daytime Class


Level II
Memoir Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
Focusing on developing projects and receiving feedback from the instructor and classmates, this course helps students sharpen their skills and work toward completion of publishable work. Writers often repeat Memoir II to continue their projects.
  • Write or refine one/two short memoirs or begin or work toward completion of a book
  • Lectures that expand on basics of memoir craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for in-depth critique (two times)
Prerequisite: Memoir Writing I or the equivalent.

Which level is right for you? How to Choose a Level

(3.0 CEU)

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $420, Returning Students $390. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 12 Mondays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Jan 19, Feb 16
Jan 13 Tuesdays 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Jan 14 Wednesdays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Jan 15 Thursdays 555 8th Ave. 2:00PM - 5:00PM
= Daytime Class


Memoir Writing | Intensive
 

How much can you learn in one day? Plenty. As you will discover in one of our One-Day Intensives in New York City.

The One-Day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses. You are immersed in a topic through a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve just learned.

The Intensives provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.

Students come from all over the world for our One-Day Intensives. You're likely to be sitting near NYC locals as well as people from such far-flung places as Texas, Egypt, and Japan. (NYC Hotel Information.)

Intensives are open for writers of any level.

We offer an online version of an Intensive, a three-week Character course.

We also offers two and four-week seminars, including: How to Get Published, Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonfiction, How to Blog, and Nonfiction Book Proposal.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.



Topics include: the contemporary memoir defined, character, plot, description, getting published

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $125. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 25 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 10 Saturday 30 W. 16 St. 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Feb 20 Friday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Mar 16 Monday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
     
= Discounted Class! Click ENROLL to register for $75.00. Can't be used with other discounts.



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