Memoir: A course in craft (with Lindsey Crittenden)

Lindsey Crittenden




THURSDAYS, JULY 18-25; AUGUST 1-29; Sept 5 |

Writing memoir draws upon all of us.  We are the writer, the narrator, and the character living the events recounted. But which events, and how recounted? Many of us start with a specific period of time or relationship in mind; others memoirists travel over decades in pursuit of a thematic connection. The hardest part is deciding how to organize it all.  Our stories rarely leap fully-formed to the page, however well we think we remember all the pieces.

This class will provide concrete help through exploration and practice of such craft elements as narrative distance, scene and summary, and the handling of time.  We’ll explore the challenges of writing about real people and our own lived experience, of placing our narrative in a wider context, and of examining our own motivations, perceptions, and insights.

Memoir-writing is not for the faint of heart.  If you’re committed to finding your story, and telling it as only you can tell it, please join us for 8 weeks of intensive exploration. There will be regular writing/reading homework, as well as in-class exercises and sharing of work in a supportive atmosphere.

Lindsey Crittenden’s memoir writing has appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Image, and many other publications.  She is the author of the 2007 memoir, The Water Will Hold You (which Publishers Weekly called “gorgeously written”), and has taught memoir-writing for more than 10 years.


Number of sessions: 8

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dates: Thursdays, July 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Sept 5

Course fee: $540



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