Over one weekend, memoirist and MFA Creative Writing instructor Melissa Hart will guide writers in crafting, revising, and submitting a 750-word memoir piece to specific magazines and newspapers.
Spend a weekend focused on writing and community. We’ll kick off Saturday afternoon with a four-hour writing intensive, then gather at a local restaurant for dinner to commune with our fellow writers. Spend Saturday eve and Sunday morning writing, and then gather again Sunday afternoon for focused revision and submission preparation, ending with a complete essay ready to submit.
You will learn:
- How to choose a topic and structure a short memoir around a specific story and a universal theme
- How to revise a rough draft by answering a few key questions
- What editors look for when evaluating short memoir submissions
- How to locate and contact suitable magazine and newspaper editors
- How to navigate rejection, publication, and reader feedback
This workshop is suitable for all writers, emerging to established, ages 16 and up.
- Saturday: Intensive 1-5 pm, optional dinner 5-7, evening writing on your own
- Sunday: Morning writing on your own (Wordcrafters studio will be open to you 10 am – 1 pm); Intensive 1-5 pm
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: www.melissahart.com