Course Catalog

Yearlong in Memoir

CLASS UPDATE: This class will now be taking place online, on Zoom. This has been updated from the print catalog.

All Levels | We will explore numerous aspects of writing a memoir or a memoir-in-essays that has enduring value, including expanding your story to address questions you share with your audience and contracting it to the stunningly specific; generating material once you’ve clarified your story’s arc and themes; writing a scene, a chapter, a section; creating conflict, tension, and suspense; making your narrator a character; including and omitting decisions; finding the connective tissue that makes a book cohere; how to open a memoir; and how to end it. We will also examine topics particular to writing an essay collection: creating an essay that can both stand on its own as well as enhance a collection, creating moments of finality as well as momentum within a collection, ordering essays, and writing introductions and final essays. Class meetings will include check-ins, lecture, discussion, partner work, writing and structuring activities, and prompted writing times.

Payment plans available. Contact registrar@hugohouse.org for more information.

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.

Instructor: Theo Nestor

Class Type: Yearlong

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Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 09/22/2021

No Class On: 11/24/2021, 12/15/2021, 12/22/2021, 12/29/2021, 4/6/2022, 4/13/2022

End Date: 05/25/2022

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$1431.00 Member Price:
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$1590.00 General Price:

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Theo Nestor

Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008). Nestor has taught the memoir certificate course for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education program since 2006.

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