WHERE DOES THE CLASS MEET? In the comfort of our own homes. The class meets on Zoom (a free videoconferencing platform online).
WHEN? Mondays, from 1 – 3 PST. An invitation to join each week’s meeting is sent on Monday morning.
WHAT’S THE FORMAT? The first half-hour each week is devoted a memoir craft topic. Past topics include writing scenes to enliven narration, showing your characters, writing good dialog. You’ll learn through a combination of methods: Handouts, discussions about them, I share good examples from published memoirs. Occasionally, I give you related creative writing exercises where you have a chance to practice what you’ve just learned. After that, it’s time to read and give helpful feedback on writings of up to 2,000 words. These writings are sent by email to everyone as a Word doc before class and read aloud in class. You can expect to share writings for feedback about 4 times over the 8 weeks. The writing can be a portion from a longer work, or a short memoir.
Each week you’ll also get a writing prompt by email to spark fresh ideas for new writings. These writings can be shared for feedback or just enjoyed on your own.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN THE CLASS? Classes are a maximum of 8 so everyone has time to read their writings for feedback and participate fully.
Students have said…
Suzanne is my mentor, teacher, coach, and editor. I came to her memoir class eight years ago with a story and subsequently published it in Imitation Fruit Literary Journal. Two other stories Suzanne helped me with were published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Really Did That? With her help, I’m now completing a book of cat rescue stories. And to think it started with one class! — Terilynn Mitchell, Student, Writer & Veterinary Technician
Over the past decade, Suzanne’s expert guidance has enabled me to develop my writing skills in an atmosphere of support and encouragement. Her invaluable suggestions, insight, and extensive knowledge of the craft of writing have inspired me to complete and publish an award-winning book about my childhood growing up in the redwoods of Humboldt County. — Sharon Moxley, Student & Author of Among the Silent Giants