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Write Your Memoir Month

Self-Guided // 4-Week Online Course

Write Your Memoir Month

November 4 - December 1

It’s never too late to start!
Enrollment is OPEN through November 25th

Refund and cancellation policies

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Why should fiction writers get all the support this month? We’re proclaiming November as National Memoir Writing Month. Long live NaMeWriMo!

Patterned after our popular Thirty-Minute Memoir course, this self-guided course is designed to help you break the potentially overwhelming task of writing a memoir into manageable daily writing assignments. Each week’s lesson, revealed on Monday, will focus on a different aspect of memoir writing, from opening chapters to scenes involving dialogue. Daily writing prompts will keep you motivated and moving ahead with your project.

Each week provides:

  • DAILY PROMPTS to help you generate new writing
  • INSPIRATION in the form of written lectures and selected readings

After the course closes, you will receive a zip file containing all of the work you developed during the month. You’ll also continue to be a member of our Creative Nonfiction Writing Classes' Community Page where you can share writings and calls for submissions, recommend books, and stay connected with other writers.


Complete Syllabus

Week 1: Find Your Focus
A memoir needs a focal point on which the writer can build, but many writers dive into their first draft without knowing what their focus is. During Week 1 you will identify the focus of your book (or think of ways to fine-tune that focus for an existing project). This week’s writing prompts will help you identify and hone the central idea of your memoir.

Week 2: The Shape of Your Narrative
A book-length memoir offers many possibilities for structure: should the narrative be chronological, braided, retrospective? You will explore possible shapes for your memoir, and this week's writing prompts provide opportunities to try out (or again, hone) different structures and approaches.

Week 3: Writing About People & A Sense of Place
People are the most important element of a memoir, in that a reader’s interest in all the book’s events is generally founded on his or her interest in the people who lived through those events. The setting in which your book takes place can also be an essential part of the story you want to tell; in many cases, the setting can be a character in and of itself. This week you will learn how to write about people and place in ways that readers will find engaging.

Week 4: Scene & Summary
Two of the most pivotal elements of nonfiction are scene and summary. You'll study the difference between summary and scene and practice using both effectively.

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Refund and cancellation policies

By 5pm EST, November 5th participants can request a refund or credit transfer.Refund and cancellation policies

After 5pm EST November 5th no refunds or credit transfers can be issued.