Memoir Writing

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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Memoir Writing | Level I

10-week Workshop

NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
Online info, tuition: $399 (returning students: $369)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of memoir craft and gets you writing a short memoir (or two) or a book. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Memoir Writing I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
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 Aug 11
 Sep 15
 Oct 6
 Nov 10

Memoir Writing | Level I

One-day Intensive

NYC info, tuition: $125
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

Memoir Intensive topics include: the contemporary memoir defined, character, plot, description, getting published.

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 Sep 11
Fri, 10 am–5 pm
555 8th Ave.

Memoir Writing | Level II

10-week Workshop

NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
Online info, tuition: $399 (returning students: $369)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

This course helps you sharpen your skills at memoir craft and work toward completion of one or two short memoirs or a book. Writers often repeat Memoir II to continue their projects. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Prerequisite: Memoir Writing I, or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
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You can still enroll in this class.
 Oct 7

Memoir Book | Level II

10-week Workshop

Online info, tuition: $399 (returning students: $369)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

This course focuses on book-length memoirs, helping you sharpen your skills at memoir craft and work toward completion of a book. Writers often repeat Memoir II to continue their projects. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work three times)
Prerequisite: Memoir Writing IIa. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
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 Oct 7