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All Levels | A memoir writer’s greatest gift is memory: messy, unpredictable; sometimes sharp, often murky. We help it along with research, interviewing, factchecking. But sometimes we truly can’t remember something, and there’s no one left to ask: Did this happen? We’ll focus on how to use imagination when memory’s not enough, and how to cue our readers that we’re doing so. We’ll study writers who do this well, like Dani Shapiro and Sarah M. Broom. Students will have 3-4 opportunities for in-class writing.
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.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Ann Hedreen is an author (Her Beautiful Brain, winner of a Next Gen Indie Award), teacher and documentary filmmaker. Her blog, The Restless Nest earned an honorable mention from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. She has also been published in About Place Journal, 3rd Act Magazine, Crosscut, The Seattle Times, Passager, Persimmon Tree, Minerva Rising and other publications. Her films, including Zona Intangible and Quick Brown Fox: an Alzheimer’s Story, have won many awards. She recently finished a second memoir: After Ecstasy: Memoir of an Observant Doubter.
Favorite writing advice: From Brenda Ueland's Me: a Memoir: “Whenever people write from their true selves (not from their bogus literary selves) it is interesting and one is pulled along into it; and it does me good to read it, and it does them good to write it; it makes them freer and bolder in every way.”