December 4, 2020

Elevate Your Memoir with Us This Fall 2020

Join us this fall for MEMOIR BOOT CAMP with our exciting roster of teachers. We’ll be learning, writing, and sharing all the way through.

Elevate Your Memoir:
Boot Camp for Writers Who Care About Getting It Right

6 Tuesdays: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27
4pm Pacific | 7pm Eastern


The Line-Up

• Week 1 (Sept 22): Writing About the People in Your Life, taught by Claire Bidwell Smith

• Week 2 (Sept 29): Likeability and Culpability, taught by Terese Mailhot

• Week 3 (Oct 6): Getting To What Matters Quickly and Succinctly, taught by Larry Smith

• Week 4 (Oct 13):  Theme: Your Memoir’s Very Foundation, taught by Reyna Grande

• Week 5 (Oct 20): Savory Senses: From Detail to Metaphor to Art, taught by Sue William Silverman

• Week 6 (Oct 27): Memoir as Poetry, taught by Jacqueline Woodson

*Read more about the featured teachers.


Nov 2-23: The Latest Offering in Our Popular Bestseller Series

4 MONDAYS: Nov 2, 9, 16, 23
4pm Pacific | 7pm Eastern

Class 1: Memoir as Story Arc
Class 2: Memoir as Metaphor
Class 3: Memoir as Memory
Class 4: Memoir as Poetry

Join Brooke and Linda Joy as they highlight  lessons and insights from Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s CHILDREN OF THE LAND. This gorgeous debut will help you think about story, metaphor, memory, and poetry in your own work—and support you to elevate your memoir.

Register for One or Both Classes:

BUNDLE: $199

**We always record all our classes. If you have to miss, you’ll get the recordings automatically.

Write Your Memoir with Support and Accountability

goals for new yearWhen you decide to write a memoir, you begin a journey into the heart of who you are. You draw upon memories, desires, imagination, and writing techniques to paint a picture of your life, or a portion of your life. You start down the long and winding path toward becoming a writer, and eventually a published author. Published author—yes! This is the goal of most memoir writers. You may want to learn from your story, or even settle some old scores (internally and externally), but mostly, as a memoirist, you want to share your wisdom and your story—if only you can get it done! That is the challenge.

As coaches and writers ourselves, we know that good, consistent writing emerges and blossoms with structure, accountability, and encouragement. These are the cornerstones of Write Your Memoir in Six Months. You and a cohort of eleven other memoirists will embark upon a journey together that will culminate in the book you’ve been wanting, needing, and longing to write.

We treat the process of writing a memoir like the journey it is. You will encounter three stages—the excitement of getting started; the muddy middle where you may encounter a few snarls and saboteurs; and the long-range view to the end, when you’re weaving all the pieces together and the finish line is in sight.

Here are the five things we believe any memoirist needs for this journey:

1. Consistency—your body in front of the computer regularly (daily for a short time is ideal).
2. Accountability—someone who’s expecting you to deliver on what you want for yourself.
3. Goals—when you have goals, you’ll know when you reach them.
4. Guts—the sheer determination to write and write, consult, edit, rethink, and write some more.
5. Patience—it takes time to write a book. But you only can do it one sentence at a time.

We are two passionate memoir advocates who have coached hundreds of authors through the completion of their manuscripts and all the way to publication. In this course, you’ll be met with support each step of the way—getting your fill of craft and technique, as well as the necessary emotional support that a journey like this requires.