LIFELINES: Memoir Workshops


Take advantage of this weekly memoir writing workshop, a special opportunity to write with valuable guidance, support, and feedback. You’ll learn to find the story in your experiences as you give shape to short memoirs, and receive helpful feedback on  4 to 5 new writings.

In the first half-hour of each meeting I teach different aspects of memoir craft, including how to write enlivened narrative, create dimensional characters, and establish an essential sense of era. Ninety minutes is devoted to reading and review of writings (up to 1500 words). I offer optional at-home writing exercises, helping writers whether they’re writing for personal pleasure or publication. Maximum size: 10 group members.


MONDAYS 1 – 3 | $300 | 8 weeks


          WINTER: January 14 – March 11 [no meeting Feb 18]

          SPRING: March 4 – May 20 

          SUMMER: June 3 – July 22 

         SUMMER/FALL: August 5 – September 30


Please CONTACT ME HERE to join.




Learn valuable tools for planning your memoir in this 4-hour Saturday workshop.

Memoirs are a story from a life, not a story of a life.  In this workshop you’ll learn how to shape and structure that story using several easy, straightforward methods. 

Session I

—> Uncover the theme(s) in your story.

—> Solidify the scope of your story for your book. 

—> Draw the narrative arc, the story progression that illustrates the transformational journey you write about. (What is different for you by the end of the story from where you were at the start of the book?) We’ll discuss the importance of character transformation/change and reader takeway(s) in memoir.

—> Apply the invaluable technique of using a visual outline to map the book you’ll write.

To Bring: A writing notebook or laptop computer, 2 sheets of paper 11 x 14 or a sketchpad with paper at least 11 x 17. Pencil with eraser and highlighter pens.

Session II

—> Review your visual outline with peer feedback.

—> Finalize details of your book’s theme, story structure, format.


SATURDAY April 6, April 20  2019

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |$195  | Sebastopol Center for the Arts


Suzanne Sherman, PO Box 1121, Sebastopol, CA 95473

CONTACT ME to make arrangements to use PayPal.

Payment is due by March 30 to hold your space.

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.