Workshop Series and Singles

Making Memoir Meaningful: Craft, Authenticity, and Voice

at Politics and Prose's NEW Union Market location

Four Saturdays: November 3, 10, and 17 and December 1

Imagine your tale, touching others.

You want to write because you think you have something to say. Guess what? You do. Your stories aren't meaningful just to you; they can powerfully affect your readers as well. Of course, this doesn't happen automatically; we've all listened to or read other people's anecdotes that bore us, that have no bearing on our lives. And yet as humans we are all connected. We differ, but we share universal passions, sorrows, yearnings, and joys. Discovering the thread that links us all will make our writing light up another person's mind—and heart. And mastering craft, authenticity, and voice will lead us to that thread.

Be inspired, hone your craft, find out how others do it, sharpen your analytical skills (thus improving your ability to revise your own work), meet potential readers for the long term, and much more.

We'll explore crucial elements of personal writing—craft, authenticity, and voice—via lecture, example, practice, and feedback.

In addition to the feedback of your peers on your writing, you'll receive detailed commentary and (included but optional) line edits from me. Each student will submit a piece of writing up to 1,500 words; we will take turns providing feedback to each other.

Class size is limited to maximize individual attention and feedback.

We will use Mary Karr's Art of Memoir as a textbook.

When: Four Saturdays: November 3, 10, and 17 and December 1, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Politics and Prose, Union Market: 1270 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

How much: $160 

Register: Head over the class description page on the Politics and Prose web site.