Memoir 2.0: Taking Your Memoir to the Next Level (with Zoe FitzGerald Carter)

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Zoe Fitzgerald Carter

Zoe Fitzgerald Carter

Contact: zoecarter@mac.com

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 2 & 9

Course fee: $365

This class is intended for writers with either book-length memoirs or personal essays underway. If you are experienced in another genre (fiction, journalism) but are just dipping your toe into memoir waters, please contact me to see if the class will be a good fit. Any student who has taken my previous memoir class is welcome.

In Memoir 2.0, we will begin each class by discussing some aspect of literary memoir, beginning with structure—where to begin and end your story, what to include and what to cut, and how to establish and keep track of timelines—and consider examples from various published essays and memoirs. The rest of the class will focus on critiquing (in a gentle and respectful way) YOUR work. Students will have the opportunity to submit their writing twice during the six weeks: either two separate pieces, or a revised chapter or essay. I will also devote time to discussing specific issues students are struggling with, from privacy issues to scene building.

Zoe FitzGerald Carter is the author of the memoir Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go (Simon & Schuster). The book chronicles her mother’s decision to end her life after living with Parkinson’s disease for many years and the struggle Zoe and her two sisters had coming to terms with that choice. Paula Span of the New York Times said, “I could quote from this book all day,” and People magazine wrote that Imperfect Endings “coaxes beauty from the bleak.” A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Zoe has written for numerous publications including the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, Salon, and Vogue. Zoe currently lives in the Bay Area and is at work on a nonfiction book about race, Facebook, and unexpected kinship. She also performs with local string band Sugartown. Learn more at www.ImperfectEndings.com