The Self-Interview // Webinar

Approaching Memoir Like a Journalist

The Self-Interview // Webinar

Learn how to find story inside the artifacts that surround you, discover new ways to see yourself as character, and push untapped stories to the surface.

Whether you’re a seasoned memoirist or you have no idea where to begin with writing personal narratives, this webinar will help you to see new ways into personal writing. This program will prepare you to generate, generate, generate new ideas and material with which to write essays or your memoir. Most importantly, you’ll focus on the exploratory stages of writing and think differently about first-person storytelling.

During this webinar, we’ll explore how to use journalistic research tools—interviewing, gathering of artifacts and primary documents, etc.—to craft new ways into personal narratives. From the self-interview to artifact-driven exploratory writing, you’ll discover tools that will help you mine your past for narrative and assaying, think more complexly about your story and that of family members, and embrace low-stakes writing throughout the process.

In this webinar, you will:

  • DISCOVER the unique self-interview method
  • LEARN artifact-driven exploratory writing processes
  • EXPLORE the role of low-stakes writing in personal narratives

There will be time for Q & A at the end of the presentation. 

This webinar is ideal for anyone exploring memoir or personal essay and who seeks new ways into their story and tools to “self-interview.”

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

2 pm - 3:15 pm Eastern Time

Advance registration required.
Space is limited.

To request closed captioning, email

$15 if registered by 4/18/2021
$25 if registered after 4/18/2021

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.

PLEASE NOTE: It may take a little while for us to process your order and send you the link to the webinar. If you haven't received the link by the morning of the date of the webinar, please email us at

About the instructor: Maggie Messitt is author of The Rainy Season, a work of narrative and immersion journalism, long-listed for the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award in South Africa, where she was a journalist, editor, and the founding director of a rural nonprofit news organization and journalism school for eight years. Messitt has edited the work of writers ranging from students to Pulitzer and Orange Prize winners, and managed editorial projects for the BBC, POV Documentary Films, Wisconsin Public Television, and others. Until recently, she was the National Director of Report for America, a national service program addressing critical coverage gaps in newsrooms & communities across the country. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Goucher College, is the Mellon Fellow in Narrative Journalism at Denison University, and is finishing her next book, a hybrid of memoir and investigation.

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