Making Memoir Matter [Meghan Daum]

Time: - - - PT
Capacity: seat
Member Price: $139.50
General Price: $155.00

You must register to use the waitlist feature. Please login or create an account

It’s easy for writers of creative nonfiction to get bogged down in telling just their own stories, leaving the reader to wonder at the end, “So what? Why should I care?” In this workshop, we will examine some of the common pitfalls of telling a personal story and learn how to broaden potential tunnel vision. We will explore the importance of grounding your story in a wider context—whether that be a present-day controversy, cultural observation, or even an existential question. After all, memoirs and essays are only meaningful insofar as the personal illuminates the universal. But, when told well, even the most sharply focused personal story can offer great insights into the larger human experience and resonate with all kinds of readers.

Please come to class prepared to talk about ideas for memoir or personal narrative nonfiction that you are either working on or would like to embark on. We will do an in-class writing exercise and possibly discuss a short reading assignment. Bring your generosity, your honesty and your sense of humor!

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

Hugo House will only process refund requests that are submitted 5 business days or more before the class start date. To request a refund, log in to your account, go to “My Account,” select the “Orders” tab on the left-hand side, click the appropriate order, and request a refund for your specific class. Administrative fees apply. Please see our full refund policy here.

We do not record classes. However, an exception if a student has specific access needs.

We encourage students to only sign up for classes that fit with their schedule.   

We do not tolerate racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, transphobic or any other oppressive behaviors, regardless of who commits them. Please check out our full community guidelines by clicking here. If an instance of community guidelines are violated and not resolved within the classroom, students may let us know by filling out the student incident report.

Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

Make a Donation

Donations made throughout the year help fund our programs and operations.