Get the skills you need to write memoir.
I have good news. You don’t need to be a seasoned writer to write a good memoir or a collection of stories about your life that you’ll feel good about sharing with people, but you do need to know the essentials of the craft.
And there’s nothing like a good writing group to give you guidance, feedback, and support, whether you’re writing for pleasure or planning to publish.
I give you the essentials and a chance to practice them in my ongoing 8-week online memoir class.
WHERE DOES THE CLASS MEET? In the comfort of our own homes, on Zoom (free videoconferencing). All you need is an internet connection and a computer.
WHAT TIME IS THE CLASS? Monday, 1:00 – 3:00 PST.
WHAT IS THE CLASS FORMAT? The first half-hour is devoted to a writing craft topic I teach about, such as writing scenes to integrate with narration, showing characters, writing dialog. You’ll learn through a combination of methods: Handouts, discussions, published memoirs. There are occasional related writing exercises where can practice what you’ve learned. The remaining 90 minutes of class are devoted to reading and offering feedback on approximately 4 student writings of up to 1,500 words. 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 be sent a writing prompt by email to spark fresh ideas for new writings. These writings can be shared for feedback or enjoyed on your own.
WHAT IS THE CLASS SIZE? Classes are a maximum of 10.
Students have said…
Suzanne is a gifted and compassionate author who understands a new writer’s insecurity. With supportive classmates and the gentle urging of Suzanne’s insights, I have found my voice and the confidence to write my stories. Suzanne teaches effective writing skills and cultivates an appreciation for the craft of memoir. Her class creates a safe space to express one’s truth through writing. I never imagined publishing but now it seems a reachable dream. — D. Munz, Writer
Suzanne is my mentor, teacher, coach, and editor. I came to her 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, Writer & Vet Tech
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, Among the Silent Giants