This class is now full. Please email us to be notified when registration opens again in summer.
This class continues an exploration of memoir for returning students, and is open as well to those who have completed Writing Your Memoir or comparable courses.
We’ll look at how memory is transformed into compelling writing and discuss the writing process and the decisions we make along the way.
We meet once a month and read either a book-length memoir or a piece from a literary magazine that we discuss as a group. Aside from the book discussion, the majority of class time is spent workshopping student manuscripts. (After registration is completed, students will receive further instruction on how to prepare for this class.)
This course is limited to 10 students. Participants should have up to 25 pages of a manuscript to workshop and previous memoir workshop experience.
What You’ll Learn
- Rewriting a piece of memoir and working towards publication
- Shaping a book-length memoir
- Providing constructive manuscript feedback to other class members
What You’ll Write
- Short memoirs or book-length memoir, if desired
What You’ll Read
- Book-length memoirs, both classic and contemporary, that the class selects
- Short memoirs or personal essays from literary magazines, and occasional craft articles
Who should attend?
This course is designed for those with experience writing and exposing their work in a writing workshop environment. To assure that workshop students are in the class that will be most beneficial to them, we ask that prospective students email us to send in up to 10 pages of a working draft. StoryStudio will then determine if the Advanced Memoir Workshop or another course would be the best fit.
About the Instructor
Annette Gendler is a literary nonfiction writer. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Tablet Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, Natural Bridge, and many other literary magazines. She regularly writes for the Washington Independent Review of Books. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. In addition to teaching memoir at StoryStudio, she does communications work for her children’s school. She lives in Hyde Park with her husband and three children.
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At A Glance
Dates: Meets monthly on Thursdays: January 16, February 13, March 20, April 24, May 15, June 12
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: Chicago Studio
Course Fee: Non-member: $325