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

Place & Price

  • Online: not real-time, week-long sessions  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745  Request consultation

What’s the difference between Online and Zoom?

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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Meets
Teacher
Class full.  Call for wait list.
 Sep 29
Tue, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference
Deal du Jour! Register for $285.
 Oct 1
1 spot left
Thu, 10 am–1 pm et
Zoom Conference
Class full.  Call for wait list.
 Oct 5
Mon, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference
 Oct 6
Tue, 2–5 pm et
Zoom Conference
 Dec 8
 Jan 5
 Feb 9
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Memoir Writing | Level II

10-week Workshop

Place & Price

  • Online: not real-time, week-long sessions  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745  Request consultation

What’s the difference between Online and Zoom?

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 (10-week), or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
Class full.  Call for wait list.
 Sep 30
Wed, 2–5 pm et
Zoom Conference
Class full.  Call for wait list.
 Oct 5
Mon, 10 am–1 pm et
Zoom Conference
Class full.  Call for wait list.
 Oct 6
Tue, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference
Class full.  Call for wait list.
 Oct 7
 Nov 11
 Jan 6

Memoir Book | Level II

10-week Workshop

Place & Price

  • Online: not real-time, week-long sessions  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745  Request consultation

What’s the difference between Online and Zoom?

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 (10-week). Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
Class full.  Call for wait list.
 Oct 5
Mon, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference
Class full.  Call for wait list.
 Jan 13

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

Memoir Writing

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Place & Price

  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The Zoom Intensives are taught via the Zoom videoconference platform.

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

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

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

Students may reschedule a Zoom Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher
Upcoming dates to be announced.

Memoir Writing

One-day Intensive

Place & Price

  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $300  Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are taught in-person.

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

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

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

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher
Upcoming dates to be announced.