Memoir Writing Class — On ZOOM

Get the skills to write good memoir for pleasure or publication.


You know your story, but do you know how to write in a way that engages readers and uses the essentials of the craft of good memoir?

This class is a place for new and experienced writers to get quality craft instruction and guidance from an experienced memoir instructor, editor and author, along with helpful feedback on your work as you learn and practice some of the essentials of this genre.

You’ll learn the craft through a combination of methods. Before each weekly meeting you’ll receive handouts we review in class on subjects such as writing strong beginnings, writing multidimensional characters (the people in your stories), writing dialog that makes a story more engaging, writing overview and the close up, showing versus telling and how to integrate the two, using sensory detail, and voice. I share occasional short excerpts from published memoirs for example and to help strengthen your knowledge of the genre.

Each week 3 class members have an opportunity to share writings of up to 2,000 words for feedback. 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.

After class I send a writing prompt by email to spark fresh ideas for new writings. These writings can be shared for feedback or enjoyed on your own during the week.

Class size is limited to 9.

The class meets in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer with a built-in camera.


$350 | 8 weeks
MONDAY 5:30 – 7:30 pm PST
$350 | 8 weeks
Winter/Spring 2023
January 9 – February 27 
March 6 – April 24


Students have said…

Suzanne is a gifted writer who knows the art of memoir. With her insights and knowledge and the help of supportive classmates I have found my voice and confidence. The feedback from everyone is a testament for the value of this workshop. Suzanne creates a safe space to express one’s truth through writing.  I never imagined publishing but now it is a reachable dream.  A piece I developed in Suzanne’s class was published in The Sun Magazine. — Dan Munz, Writer

Suzanne is my mentor, teacher, coach, and editor. I came to her class with a story eight years ago and subsequently published it in Imitation Fruit Literary Journal. Four other stories Suzanne helped me develop were published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. With her help I’m now completing a book of cat rescue stories. And to think it started with one class! — Terilynn Mitchell, 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. With her invaluable suggestions, insight, and extensive knowledge of the craft of writing I have been inspired 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

I appreciate Suzanne’s ability to encourage deeper self-reflection in a safe and supportive environment. I am forever grateful to her. — Paula Girolo