Advanced Memoir Workshop

This class will return this winter!

This monthly class begins Thursday, July 24, 2014

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: July 24, August 28, September 18, October 23, November 20, December 18, 2014

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Level: Advanced

Location: Chicago Studio

Course Fee: $325

Please email or call us to see if this workshop is right for you: or 773.477.7710