Mapping Your Memoir

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In this fun and lively workshop, we’ll study the key building block of memoir–the scene–and its components including characterization, setting, sensory details, tension, surprise, and narrative arc.

You’ll learn what to include and what to leave out of your memoir, and examine the various ways–analog and digital–that published memoirists plot their book-length works before they write them. You’ll leave with a concrete outline and a plan for how to write your own memoir from beginning to “The End.”

This workshop includes in-class and out-of-class writing and reading, as well as instructor and peer comments. Instructor will provide additional feedback on student work.

About the Instructor

Melissa Hart is the author of two memoirs for adults–Gringa and Wild Within–and Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens (Sasquatch, 2019) plus the award-winning middle grade novel, Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016). She’s Contributing Editor at The Writer Magazine. Website:

6 Mondays 6-8 pm: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13

Wordcrafters Online Studio
via Zoom

Members $349
Non Members $399


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