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Exploring the Memoir (IN-PERSON)

Introductory | Do you have a story to tell but struggle to get words on the page? Are you stumped by how to start? Or stuck moving forward? This workshop is for you! We briefly discuss what memoir is and why we choose to write it. We use prompts to practice techniques for how to capture memories and organize our work. Come prepared to write and leave with a handout to guide further work.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

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If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Arleen Williams

Class Type: 1 Session

Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 03/14/2022

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$81.00 Member Price:
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Arleen Williams

After a lifetime of journaling, Arleen Williams enrolled in her first writing course at age forty-nine. To date, she has published three memoirs, three novels, and a handful of poems, and has co-authored a dozen short books in easy English for adults.

Arleen’s first memoir, The Thirty-Ninth Victim, chronicles her family’s journey before and after her youngest sister's murder by the Green River Killer. Her most recent memoir, The Ex-Mexican Wives Club, revisits her years as an undocumented ​ex-pat in Mexico City in the 1980s and the women she met during that time. In her novels, Arleen explores the challenges and rewards of cross-cultural relationships.

After over three decades teaching immigrants and refugees, Arleen is now emeritus faculty at South Seattle College. When not putting pen to paper, she fills her days cycling or walking, gardening or reading – sometimes alone, others with her young grandson. To learn more, please visit and

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