Description of Class
PROGRAM COST: $1495
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! Apply now thru Monday, Sept. 18.
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.
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 a complementary admission and early registration to a class from our acclaimed Master Class series. (Recent and upcoming writers include Jennifer Haigh, Boris Fishman, Claire Dederer, Rob Spillman, and B. A. Shapiro.)
The class also includes a one-day spring retreat, where you can write, think, and mingle at lunch and over drinks with students in our other “in a year” workshops.
YOUR WRITING COMMUNITY
You’ll join StoryStudio’s larger community—in person and online—where you can connect with students from other classes, receive “first chance” invitations to special programming, stay informed about literary events around the city, and challenge yourself with weekly writing exercises.
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.
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
All students will receive as part of the program:
- Monthly 3-hour class sessions
- Feedback on short scenes in class workshops
- 100-page manuscript review and individual meeting with Nadine
- Private online forum for exchanging additional work and sharing articles and links of interest
- Complementary admission to an acclaimed master class, as well as “early bird” notification
- One-day writers retreat
- Accountability check-ins to report your progress and struggles
- Opportunities for alumni to stay connected and continue building their support network
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.
This course is limited to 12 students and is submission based. To apply, please COMPLETE THIS ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.
You will be asked to submit a 10-page writing sample in a Word document.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Extended! Apply by Monday, Sept. 18.
PROGRAM FEE: $1495
We offer payment plans. Feel free to call or email with any questions: email@example.com or 773-477-7710.