Writing Classes: Memoir

Class: Connie Josefs - Make a Scene: A Weekend Memoir Intensive

Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday June 6, 9:30am - 4:00 pm • Sunday June 7, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $285

"I find that scene making is my natural way of marking the past.”

                                                                                                —Virginia Woolf

We come to memoir because we have a life story to tell. But how do we write about our lives in a way that will engage a reader? Scene is the building block of narrative; it brings the reader into the moment-to-moment experience of what’s happening. When we write scene, we re-enter life experience with newfound curiosity and all of our senses. The story becomes a living, breathing thing.

This weekend intensive will offer a deep dive into the craft of writing scene in memoir. Topics include:
Flow of scene and exposition
Habitual scene vs. specific scene
Using place to create a container
Character and gesture
Effective use of dialogue

Workshop format includes readings, discussion, writing exercises, supportive feedback and critique. Writers are welcome to bring a short excerpt from a memoir-in-progress to work on in class, though this is not required.

Class size is limited to allow ample time for workshopping.

What Students Are Saying about Connie Josefs

"The class went above and beyond my expectations! Connie is gifted in approach, connection, and content. She has a beautiful way of corralling the group and keeping people on track in a caring way. In addition, she has to hear people share some of their worst moments and traumas and respond with feedback on the writing, instead of as a therapist or friend. She’s truly brilliant in how she manages these delicate, intricate dynamics.” – Erin P.

"Connie was very clear & specific as to each segment she taught, answered questions thoughtfully and well AND had us do writing exercises in each segment. She is an excellent teacher. I feel so much better equipped to work on my memoir now." – Ruth M.

"The class totally met my expectations – so rich in content and experience. I only took one class – I wish I had taken all four!" – Joan L.

"Connie’s class surpassed my expectations. The instructor is deeply knowledgeable and wove many helpful concepts and exercises together to great effect." – Athena K.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Julie Lythcott-Haims - Memoir Writing Masterclass

Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Saturday, June 20 • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm • $30

Have you been thinking about recording your life story? Have ideas for a memoir been bumping around your brain? Now is your chance to get these ideas on paper with the guidance of best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims. Julie’s memoir, Real American, is critically acclaimed and has been described as beautiful, necessary, brave, insightful and more.

 After the masterclass, you’ll leave with your own copy of Lit Starts: Writing Memoir, a book of writing prompts produced by the writer’s grotto (of which Julie is a member). Writing memoir offers pointers for crafting a compelling narrative from your own experiences, along with prompts and spaces to write so that the writing can continue long after the course gets you started.

Julie Lythcott-Haims roots for humans. Humans need agency in order to make their way forward; Julie is deeply interested in what impedes us. She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter parenting manifesto which gave rise to one of the top TED Talks of 2016, and now has over 4 million views. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience with racism and her journey toward self-acceptance. A third book called How to BE an Adult, for young adults, is forthcoming. She is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, her mother, and her itinerant young adults.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925