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36 Best Memoir Creative Writing Classes in 2024

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Put simply, life experience, combined with a desire to write, qualifies you to tell your own story. Our experiences shape us and inform our world view, and nobody navigates life without struggle. Our personal circumstances, our observations of the world, and our personalities make us all unique individuals, and therefore the narratives of our lives are just as unique.

Website: https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/course/WRMM

Categories: Memoir

Start date:

August, 2024

Price:

$249.00

Based in Sydney

Level: Any

Class size: Limited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Turning Family Gossip and Tales into Short Stories and Novels

Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute

Our lives are rich with stories passed on from families and friends. How do you decide what's material for a short story or a novel that anyone outside your family will want to read? In this generative writing intensive, we'll engage in writing exercises that help us explore this question.

Website: https://slc.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.Class...

Categories: Memoir

Start date:

May, 2024

Price:

$99.00

Online course

Level: Beginner

Length: 6 (3 hours)

Class size: Limited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

In this generative class, we will be focusing on creative nonfiction and memoir–writing about the topics we have been encouraged not to bring up in “polite conversation.” Through a series of generative writing exercises, we will break through the secrecy and shame that too often accompany taboo subjects.

Website: https://www.storystudiochicago.org/classes/classes/writin...

Categories: Memoir

Start date:

June, 2024

Price:

$65.00

Based in Chicago

Level: Beginner

Class size: Limited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

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Complicating the Characters

Lighthouse Writers Workshop

In her seminal piece, “Complicating the Narrative,” the journalist Amanda Ripley urges storytellers to find and include details that don’t fit the narrative—on purpose. In this three-hour workshop, we’ll apply this principle to our own writing.

Website: https://lighthousewriters.org/workshop/complicating-chara...

Categories: Memoir

Start date:

May, 2024

Price:

$75.00

Based in Denver

Level: Any

Class size: Limited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Through group discussion of student work, plus that of published authors, writers in this workshop will examine the art and craft of creative nonfiction. The focus will be on learning to understand and use a full range of literary techniques in order to tell a truly compelling nonfiction story.

Website: https://sackettworkshop.com/writing/2023/12/30/8-week-per...

Categories: Memoir

Start date:

March, 2024

Price:

$800.00

Online course

Level: Any

Class size: 10

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Memoir Writing Masterclass

The Memoir Writing Club

This 12-week interactive online course, led by Irene Graham, focuses on the art of memoir writing. It includes a memoir writing workbook, audio lessons, live group sessions, and personalized mentorship. Suitable for writers at all levels, from beginners to those revising their memoirs, the course offers a comprehensive journey into crafting a memoir​​​​.

Website: https://www.thememoirwritingclub.com/memoir-writing-cours...

Categories: Memoir

Start date:

January, 2025

Price:

$2,495.00

Online course

Level: Beginner

Class size: Unlimited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

In this workshop, students will learn the art of editing their memoir including identifying what and where to cut to streamline the plot. Students will also learn how the revising process works so that they will be able to create a product that will excel in the marketplace.

Website: https://writeyourstorynow.org/certificates-wrkshps/2024-1...

Categories: Memoir

Start date:

October, 2024

Price:

$216.00

Based in San Diego

Level: Any

Class size: Unlimited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Memoir Writing Course

The University of Sydney

Writing a memoir can venture into emotional depths, raising questions about truth and selective storytelling. This workshop is designed for those wanting to pen their life stories or aspiring authors seeking publication, offering guidance on navigating these complex decisions.

Website: https://cce.sydney.edu.au/course/MEMO

Categories: Memoir

Start date:

June, 2024

Price:

$220.00

Based in Sydney

Level: Beginner

Class size: Unlimited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Whether you are crafting an essay or writing a memoir, the tools of fiction can bring depth and suspense to your work. This class will cover four tools of fiction. We will examine contemporary examples of each tool used in nonfiction, and then we will practice them with generative exercises.

Website: https://writer.org/event/using-the-tools-of-fiction-in-no...

Categories: Memoir

Start date:

April, 2024

Price:

$50.00

Based in Washington

Level: Any

Class size: Limited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Learn the art of baiting the hook properly to get your short nonfiction pieces published and paid for in this four-week course. Discover how to generate saleable ideas, craft winning pitches, and connect with the right editors and publications.

Website: https://coursehorse.com/online/classes/professional/writi...

Categories: Memoir

Start date:

Open all year round

Price:

$210.00

Based in San Francisco

Level: Any

Class size: Limited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Held mostly outdoors at Shelby Bottoms, this workshop combines naturalist and forest bathing techniques to enhance observation skills. Participants will engage in creative writing exercises to translate these immersive observations into vivid written descriptions.

Website: https://www.porchtn.org/class/writing-like-a-naturalist-3

Categories: Memoir

Start date:

May, 2024

Price:

$60.00

Based in Nashville

Level: Beginner

Length: 1 (2 hours)

Class size: Unlimited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

This one-day craft intensive class (led by Lilly Dancyger) will study and discuss examples of personal/critical essays, in other words essays which examine art as a way to express personal feelings, thoughts, or experiences. The class will help you generate new writing that sits between art criticism and memoir.

Website: https://tinhouse.com/product/winter-craft-intensive-lilly...

Categories: Memoir

Start date:

January, 2024

Price:

$75.00

Online course

Length: 1

How to choose a memoir writing class

Looking to build your writing skillset, learn more about your genre, or finally finish that memoir you’ve been working on? You’re in the right place. That’s why we built this directory of the best creative writing courses.

However, creative writing classes aren’t one size fit all. If you’re planning to join a memoir writing class in particular, you’ll want to make sure that it matches what you’re seeking to learn about writing memoirs.

So make sure to consider the following questions when you’re researching memoir writing courses:

  • Who is the instructor? How many years of experience do they have in writing memoirs?
  • Is there something in particular you’d like to learn about memoirs? Does this course include it?
  • How long is the course, and where is it taught?
  • How much does the memoir writing course cost? Does it fit into your budget?

More memoir writing resources

Whether you’re a new or established author, there are always evergreen resources out there to how to get a headstart on memoir writing. 

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