Course Catalog

Writing Your Memoir: The Initial Stages

In the first two weeks, you will work on honing in on your manuscript’s focus and creating an outline for your project. Throughout the remaining weeks, you’ll work on the first two chapters of your memoir. In-class discussion and lecture topics include how to write and sell a book proposal, writing an opening chapter that catches fire, narrative arc, story structure, and thematic drive. Students will have the opportunity to workshop a manuscript excerpt. You’ll leave the course with your memoir’s opening chapters and a detailed plan for completing your book.

* During week 9, class will meet Monday, May 12th instead of Wednesday, May 14th.

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.

Class Type: 10 Sessions

Start Date: 03/19/2014

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$342.00 Member Price:
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$380.00 General Price:

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