Memoir in a Year

Meets monthly beginning Monday, October 20, 2014
Application deadline is Friday, September 19, 2014

This is the year to write your memoir!

It takes hard work and courage to record your experiences on the page, and a book-length manuscript poses extra challenges to the memoirist. How do you structure a longer work? How do you capture the people you know and the difficult moments in detail? And how do you keep yourself at the desk writing through it all?

Here’s the good news: you don’t have to write your memoir alone!

Memoir in a Year is a unique opportunity to join a writing cohort, study memoir craft, workshop key scenes, measure your progress, meet goals and deadlines, give and get support for the long slog from plotting to composition to revision and beyond.

Writers will meet monthly for three-hour sessions to discuss craft, solve issues, workshop 5-7 page scenes, and share some snacks and beverages. In between class sessions you’ll have plenty of time to write and generate new work while still staying in touch via StoryStudio’s private class blog.

We’ve structured this program to provide maximum benefit without demanding too much time away from focusing on your own work. In addition to workshopping short scenes in class, participants will meet individually with the instructor for 100-page manuscript reviews.

We will have an online forum for exchanging additional work, reporting our progress and struggles, and keeping ourselves honest in our work habits. Whether you’ve already made headway on your memoir or are just gathering ideas, this group will provide the structure, companionship, feedback, good humor and emotional support to help you see your project through.

This course is limited to 12 students and is submission based. To apply, please contact us and submit up to 10 pages of a working draft no later than Friday, September 19, 2014. StoryStudio will then contact you after that date to determine if the Memoir in a Year program, or a different workshop class, would be the best fit.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is for writers who are ready to make a strong commitment to their work. Students will be expected to participate in the full program.

Who should attend?

  • Adults 18 and over
  • Intermediate and Advanced writers

About the Instructor

Nadine Kenney Johnstone‘s memoir Nine Babies On Ice: A Story of Life, Death, and IVF is forthcoming from SUNY press. Nadine received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago and has taught creative writing around the U.S.  She has been published in Chicago magazine, The MothPank, and The Drum, among other publications. Find her writing advice at Beyond The Margins, The Review Review, and Grub Street Daily.

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    At A Glance

    Dates: Meets monthly on Mondays: October 20, November 17, December 15, 2014; January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, 2015

    # of Sessions: 10

    Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    Level: Intermediate and Advanced

    Location: Chicago Studio

    Course Fee: $980

    To apply, please contact us and submit up to 10 pages of a working draft. Application deadline is Friday, September 19, 2014.