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44 Best Memoir Creative Writing Classes in 2023

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This directory of creative writing courses will help you find the right class for you. Simply filter by genre, price, and location to find the writing class that best fits your needs.

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Memoir and Life Writing

Faber Academy


Each session of this stimulating, deep-dive course will include timed writing exercises and group discussions on the topic at hand, whether that’s self, memory, or story. Three members of the group, in rotation, will share their work with the group so that we can discuss successes, difficulties and how to move our work forward.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Memoir

Level: Intermediate

Class size: Limited

Price: £795.00

Start date: June, 2023

Website: https://faberacademy.com/product/memoir-and-life-writing-...

Life Stories: A Writing Workshop for Ages 50+ (5 weeks)

Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute


If you have been thinking about beginning to write your life stories or if you have already begun writing memories of your life experiences and would like to continue exploring more ideas, this is the class for you! Through stimulating writing exercises in a supportive group, we will revisit and write about the important moments in our lives.

Prerequisites: This class is open to people over the age of 50.

Location: Online

Categories: Memoir

Level: Intermediate

Class size: Limited

Price: $580.00

Start date: Open all year round

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

Memoir Writing Masterclass

The Memoir Writing Club


Over 6 months, Author and Memoir Coach Irene Graham, will guide 8 dedicated writers to develop, focus, structure and create a memoir for publishing. With Irene’s 31 years’ experience of book development for international writers, you will learn how to draw upon personal life experiences and structure your story into a creative and engaging memoir.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Memoir

Level: Beginner

Class size: 9

Price: $2,450.00

Start date: September, 2023

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

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The Memoir Masterclass

Marion Roach Smith


This class will get you a first draft of your book. I use a method taught to me by the best editors in New York publishing and used to write and publish my four mass-market books with four of the world’s best publishing houses. Learn how to do it right with a small group of dedicated writers who will be invested in your success.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Memoir

Level: Advanced

Class size: 6

Price: $2,275.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://marionroach.com/master-class-online-workshop/


The decision to write memoir can be exhilarating and paralyzing. “What will my family think?” “What if I’m afraid to write about my worst moments?” “How do I even begin?” You start here, with this workshop. Author and instructor Sophfronia Scott will guide you through a process to help you grasp the story you want to tell and then shape it into a page-turner readers will want to read.

Prerequisites: Please read Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Location: Seattle

Categories: Memoir

Level: Beginner

Class size: Limited

Price: $1,450.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://www.glenworkshop-store.com/index.php?dispatch=pro...


We’ll start with the meaning of memoir. What have we come here to say and why is it important? We’ll dig into the core elements of the book-length memoir. We’ll also discuss philosophical approaches to memoir, to the psychic journey of narrative nonfiction, and to the act and art of writing itself.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Memoir

Level: Beginner

Course length: Est. 12 weeks (Self-paced with asynchronous teaching)

Class size: Unlimited

Price: $695.00

Start date: April, 2023

Website: https://writers.com/course/write-your-memoir

Writing the Memoir

University of Toronto


Your memoir is the story only you can tell. It can be the tale of a life well lived or the story of a year in a Mexican jail. This course is for anyone who wants to write a memoir, whether for publication or simply to record stories for family and friends.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Toronto

Categories: Memoir

Level: Beginner

Course length: 8 sessions (2.5 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $649.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://learn.utoronto.ca/programs-courses/courses/1769-w...

The Write Your Memoir Course

UK Writers College


This course helps you to get to grips with the building blocks of memoir writing. You’ll learn how to present your life as a story, with a ‘big bang’ beginning, riveting middle and satisfying ending. For the duration of the seven modules, you will receive personalised feedback. It is this one-to-one mentoring that helps the most in developing your writing style and ability.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Memoir

Level: Beginner

Course length: 7 modules (Self-paced)

Class size: Unlimited

Price: £595.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://www.ukwriterscollege.co.uk/write-your-memoir-cour...

Memoir Writing Course

The Memoir Writing Club


This course triggers memories and nurtures creativity as you learn the art of writing memoir. This course is interactive with audios and The Memoir Writing Workbook. Using reviewed submissions, LIVE Group sessions, and a private session with your mentor, Irene Graham, you discover the tools and skills to bring your story to life… and write your memoir.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Memoir

Level: Beginner

Course length: Est. 16 weeks (Self-paced with asynchronous teaching)

Class size: Unlimited

Price: $575.00

Start date: Open all year round

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

Memoir in Progress

GrubStreet


Writing the first draft of your memoir can be daunting. Determining its scope, narrative voice, and perhaps the most challenging of all, figuring out how to handle time, are no easy tasks. But guidance in a group setting of peers facing similar questions can help. This class will tackle these big-picture issues and ultimately help you find your book structure and refine your story.

Prerequisites: Please come to the first class with a copy of "an elevator pitch" for your memoir.

Location: Boston

Categories: Memoir

Level: Intermediate

Course length: 8 sessions (3 hours)

Class size: 10

Price: $530.00

Start date: May, 2023

Website: https://grubstreet.org/findaclass/class/memoir-in-progres...


The 90-Day Memoir is a concise, day-by-day investigation into a particular series of events that in some way shaped you. In The 90-Day Memoir you're going to learn to trust your subconscious. Your subconscious is the seat of your genius.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Los Angeles

Categories: Memoir

Level: Beginner

Course length: 14 sessions (1.5 hours)

Class size: Unlimited

Price: $500.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://lawriterslab.com/online-writing-classes/90-day-me...

Creative Writing Course: Masterclass

The University of Sydney


This practical and inspiring course is for anyone who wants to kick-start, or deepen, their writing. Take a break to share daily writing exercises in the company of other apprentice writers and hear some bright ideas about writing beautifully. This week-long workshop is open to writers of all levels.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Sydney

Categories: Memoir

Level: Any

Course length: 5 sessions (4 hours)

Class size: Unlimited

Price: $480.00

Start date: May, 2023

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

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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