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"All that you need to become a better memoir writer is the desire. This course will give you everything else."
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Memoir Online

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)

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 16 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 6 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Feb 10 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Level II
Memoir Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
Focusing on developing projects and receiving feedback from the instructor and classmates, these courses helps students sharpen their skills and work toward completion of publishable work. Writers often repeat Memoir II to continue their projects.

Gotham has two separate programs for Memoir II online:

Memoir II-a – For writers working on either essay-length (short) or book-length memoirs.

Memoir II-b – For writers working on book-length memoirs.

All advanced students should start with Memoir II-a. Then, if you are writing a book and wish to continue with your study, you would follow it with Memoir II-b.

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(3.0 CEU)

Online Classes - Memoir Writing II-A  
  • Write or refine one/two short memoirs, or begin or work toward completion of a book-length memoir
  • Lectures that expand on basics of memoir craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for in-depth critique (two times)
Prerequisite: Memoir I or the equivalent

View a course syllabus

Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 14 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Feb 18 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Online Classes - Memoir Book II-B  
  • Begin or work toward the completion of a book-length memoir
  • Lectures that expand on basics of memoir craft and the book form
  • Present work for in-depth critique (three times)
Prerequisite: Memoir II-a

View a course syllabus

Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 21 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class



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