Creative Nonfiction and Memoir

General Description

My Springfed Arts workshops in beginning  memoir class meets from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday nights  for six weeks. During our sessions, we discuss a short reading which applies to the craft of memoir, and then turn to the reading and response of each participant’s work. Participants bring 4 – 5 pages, double-spaced, each week, with copies for other participants. The group will read together and offer positive suggestions. Fall, winter, and spring sessions are offered.

Memoir Workshops

Beginning Memoir Writing: Tuesday nights, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. beginning October 10, 2017  Register here:   [Look for a listing for the fall workshop]  Filled for fall session.

Workshop process:

  • We will read a brief passage of memoir or about memoir in preparation for each session.
  • Each writer submits no more than 4 – 5 pages, double-spaced, to the class. Participants comment with positive suggestions for the writing.  Afterward, the writer is free to ask or discuss her/his writing.  

My workshops are intentionally small (4 – 5 people) in order to give respectful time and consideration to each person’s writing. Our process is relaxed but focused. I believe it’s important to take advantage of the time we have for constructive discussion.

What You Will Achieve

By the end of the six-weeks, each writer should have a good grasp of the issues she or he will address in either continuing  a long manuscript or working on shorter pieces. The experience also creates a network of memoirists and a community of writers, and fosters support for the process.

ONLINE COURSE! Memoir full-manuscript consultation:  *REGISTER ANYTIME. This course is available for 3 months from the time that you register so you can go at your own pace.”

The class can be either online, face-to-face, or a combination.  The class $150 for members,   $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). Register here:

General Description:

This is for writers who have a full or almost complete manuscript (up to 200 pages) and want to work with a published author on a holistic view of her/his work. (Longer manuscripts will be negotiated).   Each week we will read segments from well-known memoir writers and discuss what shapes the personal story into art. Your instructor will provide constructive feedback on your work. It will be important to pace the interactions so that the work can be completed in the four-month period.    You can expect an interaction with the instructor for two hours a week.


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