Get the skills you need to write memoir.
I have good news. You don’t have to be a seasoned writer to write a book or a collection of stories from life 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 facilitated writing group to give you guidance and useful feedback on your material, whether you’re writing for pleasure or publication.
I provide the essentials and a chance to practice them in this online memoir class. You’ll learn some of the essentials:
• how to write strong beginnings to short memoirs
• how to show the people in your stories (the characters) and make them dimensional
• how to write good dialog
• how to write scenes to integrate with narrative to keep the writing engaging
WHERE DOES THE CLASS MEET?
In the comfort of our own homes, on Zoom (free videoconferencing). All you need is a good internet connection and a computer with a built-in camera.
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. You’ll learn through a combination of methods: Informational handouts, group discussion, short excerpts from published memoirs.
Occasional related writing exercises give you practice on what you’ve learned. The remaining 90 minutes of class are devoted to reading and giving feedback on approximately three student writings of up to 2,000 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 limited to 10.
Students have said…
Suzanne is a gifted author who knows the art of writing memoir. With her insights and knowledge and the help of supportive classmates I have found my voice and confidence. 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 for all she has given me. — Paula Girolo