Beyond the ME in Memoir // Webinar

How to Write, Revise, and Publish Your Personal Essays and Memoirs

Beyond the ME in Memoir // Webinar

If you want to write personal essays and memoir pieces that will engage readers and increase your likelihood of getting published, you’ll need more than a great story to tell.

There are myriad ethical and personal decisions, including whether we’re ready to write this piece, who we have the right to write about, whether writing will cause pain or harm … and how much you care if it does. Once those questions are settled, there’s the art and craft of it, and numerous technical decisions to make about form, point of view, and scope. Well-crafted work requires a disciplined approach, from concept and drafting to the painstaking and rewarding tasks of revising—and then revising again. And then, once you’ve made your piece the best it can be, how do you get it out into the world? This webinar breaks down what can be an overwhelming process into clear, manageable steps.

In this webinar, you will

  • LEARN about the essential elements of memoirs and personal essays and consider the possibilities of the form through discussions of truth and memory, form, scope, avoiding the trap of the diary entry, and making space for the imagination.
  • FILL your writer’s toolbox with techniques and strategies to make your writing vivid, affecting, and distinctive—qualities that editors look for in determining what they want to publish.
  • DEVELOP a broader sense of possibility within the form by taking a close look at stellar examples, from hermit crab essays to braided, mosaic, and other forms.

This webinar is for writers, emerging and established, who want to hone their skills for writing powerful, affecting, and beautifully styled memoirs and personal essays.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

2 pm - 3 pm EDT

Advance registration required.
Space is limited.

$15 if registered by 08/16/2020
$20 if registered after 08/16/2020

Registration will close 24 hours before the event.

A recording of the webinar will be sent out to all registrants three business days after the event.

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About the instructor: Lise Funderburg is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia, where she is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Salon, the Nation, Cleaver, Brevity, and the Chattahoochee Review. Her first book, Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity, was the first to explore the lives of adult children of black-white unions. Her most recent book is Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents, a collection of all-new work by 25 writers. She is also the author of a memoir, Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home.

Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email the director of education, Sharla Yates, at