Interested in getting started writing memoir? Enroll in my Memoir 101 course, a five-class teleseminar that will teach you the fundamentals of memoir writing and guide you through generative writing tasks designed to help you discover your material and bring it to the page. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Class will be filled on a first come first served basis. No application necessary.
Enrollment in Memoir 101: (4) 1.5 hour-long classes meeting on June 11, 18, 25th and July 2nd at 5:30 PDT and (1) hour long Q and A session on Saturday June 22nd at 8am. 249 dollars.
Payment Plan: Enrollment in Memoir 101: Same class as above paid in two (2) installments. One payment now and the other later—June 1st, 1013. 249 dollars in two payments.
Add-On Consulting: Individual feedback from Theo in a 45-minute phone consultation on a manuscript up to 6k words in length. 99 dollars.
Consulting-Only Option: Individual feedback from Theo in a 45-minute phone consultation on a manuscript up to 6k words in length. 135 dollars.
How does it work? Shortly after you enroll, you’ll be sent a phone number and a participant access code to call in for our first class meeting. During our meetings, I will be giving lectures on the various memoir topics listed in the course outline below and fielding questions from you on these topics. I will also be guiding you through memoir writing exercises that you will do in class and giving you optional assignments to work on outside of class. Each week you’ll read assigned readings from our texts.
The logistics: Our class meets over the phone or online through GoToMeeting.com. As long as you can dial in, you’ll be able to hear the class discussion. If you are online, you’ll also be able to see me and the other class members talking on screen, and if you’re accessing the class via computer with a webcam (ideal), your live image will be on our shared online classroom. If you miss a class (or want to listen to it again), the recordings will be available for you to listen to at your convenience. The recordings will not be shared with the public as our class discussions–during which you’ll be discussing your own stories–will be confidential.
What if I miss a meeting? The day after the class meeting, you’ll receive a link to a recording of the meeting, which you can listen to at anytime.
When do we meet? Our class meetings will be four consecutive Tuesdays: June 11th, June 18th, June 25th, and July 8th from 5:30 to 7:00pm PDT. There will also be a one-hour Q and A session with me during which I will address individual memoir writing problems on Saturday June 22nd at 8am.
- First meeting: Introduction to the memoir genre; understanding story structure and how to develop your memoir’s narrative arc.
- Second meeting: The three narrative modes of memoir: Scene, Summary, and Musing; the essentials of scene writing; the use of time in a memoir.
- Third meeting: Developing the emotional preoccupation of your memoir; creating a narrator and a narrative readers care about; developing the universal elements of your story by using elements of the hero’s journey to create a memoir that chronicles a transformation of the self.
- Fourth meeting: Finding your voice as a writer; letting your personality show up on the page; creating a narrator who serves as your story’s “central consciousness.”
How do I enroll? To enroll in the course, click on the “Buy Now” button for the course below to pay either through Pay Pal or with a credit card. After your payment has been received, you’ll receive a course confirmation with further instructions. If you prefer to pay by check or money order, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I want individual feedback on my work? Click on the “Buy Now” button for individual feedback and pay either through Pay Pal or with a credit card. (If you prefer to pay by check or money order, email me at email@example.com). You’ll then receive instructions for sending a manuscript (up to 6k words in length) to me either now or during the course. After I’ve read your manuscript, I will meet with you for a 45-minute phone consultation.