Course Details

962: Memoir Bootcamp

July 10-14
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

The best way to decipher the truth about yourself is by setting about the sometimes grueling, always revealing, usually embarrassing task of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). In this five-day workshop on the essentials of memoir writing, you will learn how to frame a narrative, find a unique voice, reflect on the past through the present and much more. As a group, we will discuss the hallmarks of all good memoir and personal essays, take time for a short writing prompts, discussion of work in progress, and, because good writing demands good reading, we will take a look at other fine examples in this genre. THIS IN-PERSON COURSE IS BEING RECORDED FOR JULY SHORTS REGISTRANTS.

Class Type: Discussion

Class Format: In-Person

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Cathy Alter

Cathy Alter's articles and essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Atlantic, and WIRED. She is the author of Virgin Territory: Stories From the Road to Womanhood, Up for Renewal, and CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush.

Lisa K. Friedman

Lisa K. Friedman is an award-winning essayist, author, and educator whose work appears in newspapers and magazines around the country. She holds a MA degree in fiction from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in American literature from George Washington University.