Memoir Workshops

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area or Sonoma County come take advantage of this weekly workshop, a special opportunity to write with valuable guidance, support, and feedback. You’ll learn how to find the story in your experiences and how to give shape to short memoirs as you create 3 to 5 new writings and receive helpful feedback from the instructor and your writing community.

In the first half-hour of each meeting I teach memoir craft, including how to write enlivened narrative, create dimensional characters, and create an essential sense of era. I offer optional at-home writing exercises, helping writers whether they’re writing for personal pleasure or publication. The balance of the workshop time is devoted to reading and review of short writings (up to 1500 words) class members share for feedback.


          FALL: Sept 24 – Nov 12

          Mondays 1-3 pm, 8 weeks, $300

          WINTER: Nov 19 – Dec 10

          Mondays 1-3 pm, 4 weeks, $150

CONTACT ME to register. 



Enjoy writing in a tranquil, private garden setting in Sebastopol and discover the wealth of material you can draw from for short memoirs or a book. Interesting writing prompts help you tap the source of creativity in an atmosphere of camaraderie. You’ll consider periods of your life to write about and practice methods for tapping the key focal points, whether your interest is in planning a book or writing separate short pieces. You’ll go home with at least one new short memoir.

After lunch I’ll teach the 7 essentials for writing good memoir and share useful, easy methods for collecting fertile ideas. Join us for a juicy, inspirational day! Shaded chairs and table provided.

Address and directions provided on enrollment.

SATURDAY September 15

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.   $145

Bring a writing notebook or laptop computer, a bag lunch and a beverage.

Contact me here to register. 


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.


Start Writing Right!

These 7 easy-to-follow essentials can get you started right or help you fine-tune your writing in progress. It’s a short, info-packed resource to help you improve on a good idea and give you the tools to build your exceptional story.