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Intro to Memoir

Unearth your untold stories with Laura Cathcart Robbins, acclaimed memoirist and educator, in this transformative five-week course at Writing Pad. Uncover the roots of your personal narratives, refine your creative nonfiction craft, and discover the art of captivating storytelling. Don't miss out on the chance to become the writer you've always aspired to be.

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  • 15 hours over 5 sessions

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Class Description


What you'll learn in this writing class:

Are you a natural-born storyteller looking to stretch your wings or a newbie writer with an itch to share a yarn of your own? In this five-week introductory memoir class, successful memoirist Laura Cathcart Robbins (Simon & Schuster, The Only One In The Room Podcast, Good Housekeeping) will help you dig into your past to excavate compelling personal narratives that only you can write. Then, she’ll teach you the foundations of creative nonfiction craft to structure, refine and polish the results.

Through informative craft lectures, fun in-class writing exercises, illuminating examples and workshopping, you’ll find your story, develop yourself as a specific dimensional character, delve into scene writing, discover themes, hone dialogue and craft vivid settings. In addition to strategies for writing your memoir, additional topics include finding an agent and publishing your book. By the end of the class you’ll have a better understanding of your unique POV and have written a stack of moving scenes. Plus, you can bring in up to 1200 words every other class for feedback. Experienced and beginning writers welcome. Pulitzer not included!

25 students have published books after taking class!

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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All sales are final and there are no refunds.

Credit may be offered based on class availability. If you can’t come to class, call or email us as far in advance as possible. We will do everything we can to fill your spot, but we can’t make any guarantees. Credit eligibility is not based upon your reason for being unable to attend a class; it is based upon the timing of your credit request and our ability to fill your spot. If we find someone to take your place, you will receive class credit minus a $25 processing fee for 1 day classes and $50 processing fee for long classes. In that case, your class credit will be good for a year from the original sign up date and will expire after that. Otherwise, you will forfeit your payment/payments.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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