Online Memoir Writing Class

From Truth to Art

Many important memoirs have been written by writers new to memoir. But you need to know what goes into a successful memoir and learn to put those essentials into practice as you write.

I give you these essentials and a chance to practice them in my info-packed online memoir course. The 12-week course also gives you structure for getting the writing done, a sense of accountability, and helpful guidance as you create new material over a period of 12 weeks. By the end of the course you may have a book planned and approximately 25,000 words of your first draft written.

How Is the Online Class Taught?

For 12 weeks, on alternate Sundays by noon PST you’ll receive a PDF memoir lesson by email about an important aspect of the craft. Each lesson includes writing exercises you can apply to whatever you are working on in that two-week period.

Who Is the Class For?

This online memoir class is for new and experienced writers interested in writing a book for publication or personal use or in writing short memoirs.

What Will You Learn?

The 6 lessons are spread over 12 weeks to give you two weeks per lesson to read the material and practice what you’ve learned. If you want feedback on your writing, you can choose the Get Feedback Option, described below.

THE COURSE: From Truth to Art

Module 1: Setting the Foundation: Theme(s), Narrative Arc, Outline
Module 2: Writing Convincing Characters
Module 3: Details and Description
Module 4: Narrative and Scene 
Module 5: Writing Good Dialog
Module 6: Handling the Truth

When Does the Class Begin?

The online memoir class begins the first Sunday of any month and continues for the 12 weeks following. If you’re taking the Feedback Option, the final writing you submit will be returned with notes within 48 hours.

What Is the Course Fee?

12-Week Online Memoir Class: $395

Get Feedback on Your Writing (Optional): add $245

For feedback on your writings as you practice what you learn, you can sign up for this option and email your writings of up to 2,000 words as a Word or Pages doc by noon every two weeks during the course. The due dates are the Sunday your next lesson is sent to you. Within 48 hours of my receipt of your writing you’ll have it returned to you with written feedback and recommendations. If you prefer, instead of sending new writing you can send me your completed writing exercises for feedback—for example, your detailed character descriptions or dialog practices.


Use the form below to add your name and email. When you submit it, a second page comes up where you’ll choose one of two options—with instructor feedback on your writing or without—and make the PayPal payment using the PayPal button provided.

Online Class Signup

You’ll receive confirmation within 24 hours of receipt, with your start date and course schedule included. I look forward to working with you!

About Suzanne

Suzanne Sherman is a veteran publishing professional, with thirty-five years in the field and a specialization in memoir and other nonfiction. Her clients have published with Wiley & Sons, Chronicle Books, Ten Speed Press, and a number of smaller publishers. She has also helped many authors successfully self-publish. Some of Suzanne’s memoir students and coaching clients prefer to write for personal pleasure or to create books for family, and they call her an invaluable guide.


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