Description of Class
Our next cohort will begin in Fall 2020. Applications to open late summer 2020.
Application Period is now CLOSED.
Writing a memoir can be tough. You explore the past, examine your experience, write about the people and places close to you, overcome doubts or fears, and shape all of this into a narrative that connects with readers…
Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone!
Our Memoir in a Year program will help and support you during the long road from plotting to composition to revision and beyond. It’s a unique opportunity to join a writing cohort, study craft, workshop key scenes, measure your progress, and meet deadlines.
The program offers a chance to devote an entire year to your project, giving it the attention and effort your work deserves. Memoir writer Nadine Kenney Johnstone will help you through the drafting process, whether you want to complete a draft, make revisions, or push yourself toward your own page goals.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Specific topics covered during class sessions include:
- Plot and structure
- Physical and emotional journeys
- Objects and obsessions
- Building the tension
- Revision and publication
PLEASE NOTE: This program is for writers who are ready to make a strong commitment to their work, and our waitlist for the course is typically very long. Students will be expected to participate in the full program.
HOW IT WORKS
Students will meet monthly for three-hour sessions to discuss craft, tackle the challenges of writing about our lives, workshop 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 online class forum.
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 Nadine for 100-page manuscript reviews.
Students enrolled in this course will receive 2 complementary admission and early registrations to classes from our acclaimed Master Class series. (Recent and upcoming writers include Alexander Chee, Pam Houston, Vu Tran, R.O. Kwon, Sara Paretsky, and Garth Greenwell, among others.)
The class also includes a one-day offsite spring writers retreat, where you can spend the day writing and thinking, with breaks to mingle at lunch and over drinks with students in our other novel workshops. Additionally, throughout the year we will organize two optional evening social gatherings.
Throughout the course, you’ll have access to a private online forum for exchanging additional work and sharing articles and links of interest. And most importantly, these courses provide accountability check-ins to report your progress and struggles, and keep you writing.
YOUR WRITING COMMUNITY
Whether you’ve already made headway on your memoir or are just gathering ideas, your cohort will provide the structure, companionship, feedback, good humor, and emotional support to help you see your project through.
You’ll also join StoryStudio’s larger community—in person and on social media—where you can connect with students from other classes, receive “first chance” invitations to special programming, and stay informed about literary events around the city.
Application window is now CLOSED.
This course is limited to 12 students and is submission based.
- You will be asked to submit a 10-page writing sample in a Word document. Ideally, this would be an excerpt from your memoir or other creative nonfiction writing.
PROGRAM FEE: $2,350Top