Upcoming classes: Memoir

Zoe FitzGerald Carter




TUESDAYS, APRIL 4—25  |  In this four-week class, we will cover all the basics of writing memoir, beginning with structure (beginnings, endings, timelines, and story arcs) and ending with more abstract issues of metaphor and theme (what is your story REALLY about?). In between, we will talk about what makes up a strong narrative voice (tone, language, style), how to write convincing dialogue, and why it is important to think of yourself as a character on the page. We will also tackle the question, What is truth in memoir?

Whether your memoir is largely theoretical or fully underway, this class will give you a chance to think both deeply and practically about your work and develop your writing tools.


Laura Fraser



THURSDAYS, MAY 4—25  |  This is a workshopping class for people who have already taken a Personal Essay or OpEd class and want to continue refining their pieces and working on new ones. The class is also open to people who haven’t taken a previous essay class if they can show up to class with an essay in hand. Laura creates a safe, supportive atmosphere for students to help them make their writing the best it can be, focusing on structure, voice, and lively writing – with an eye toward publication. The class will be small enough for a lot of individual feedback.


Susan Ito




TUESDAYS, MAY 9 & 23  |  Are your writing ideas (not to mention to-do lists and appointments) on a mess of Post-it notes, random online apps that you never use, and crumpled paper napkins? Do you forget, lose, and spend too much time looking for things? This class will introduce the bullet journal – a handwritten, analog “everything book” to plan for your future, organize your present, and track your past. Many of us writers are “creative types” with messy desks that can sometimes hinder more than help our creative life.

This class will take part in two sessions.


Lindsey Crittenden




SATURDAY, MAY 20  | Whether you’re writing about your own life in memoir or personal essay, or developing characters and situations for a fictional plot, imagery brings your material to life. Effective imagery goes far beyond flowery description to reveal character, mood, context, tone, setting, and theme. In this one-day intensive, we’ll explore how to make imagery work for you on the page. We’ll use exercises of intuition and right-brain association to harvest images, and we’ll look at how to choose and shape those images. Analyzing the uses of imagery in published pieces will help you cultivate your own voice and technique.


Cheryl Ossola

SATURDAY, JUNE 3  |  Point of view is one of the most essential aspects of imaginative writing. In fact, perspective is everything in narration, but writers sometimes place the narrator without understanding the implications of the choice they’ve made. In this one-day class, we’ll talk about POV options—the use of first, second, or third person as well as the manipulation of narrative distance and its impact on characterization across the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and even poetry. We’ll identity common POV “violations” and look at published examples, and we’ll respond to some writing prompts in class to experiment with POV.



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