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Memoir Writing Level One: Getting Started

Course Starts

September 19, 2023

Course Time (CST)

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Course Ends

November 7, 2023

Course Cost



United States

The things we love about engaging memoirs are also what make them challenging to write. The best memoirs do more than capture memories. They put our experiences in context and explore their meaning. They tell the stories of our lives.

Whether you hope to publish a memoir, chronicle periods of your life or record family stories, this supportive workshop focuses on how to write about your experiences with clarity and style, specificity and substance. Participants might be contemplating a book-length memoir or a series of vignettes. Or they simply might be looking to explore what they want to write. New York Times bestselling memoirist Marja Mills will offer tips on finding your focus and getting started. She’ll share excerpts from a variety of memoirs and personal essays, offer tips on organizing your material, and discuss ways to write compelling passages about people and places.

Each week, students have the option of doing short, voluntary homework—usually a couple of paragraphs—to share with the others.  Part of each class is devoted to participants reading aloud their short passages and, along with the instructor, offering constructive comments on one another’s work. 

This class fills up. Register early to secure your spot. 

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SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: There is one (1) scholarship available for this course. Students of need are encouraged to apply through our Scholarship Application page.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS COURSE? Visit our FAQ page or e-mail Digital Services Manager Matt Rezin.

DISCOUNT FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS: Members receive a 10% discount Member Rate on this course (discount applied during registration). Not an Academy member? Choose the "Member Rate + Membership" option during registration to receive your discount rate. Academy Members receive discounts on courses, contests, and ticketed events, as well as an annual subscription to Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.


Marja Mills is a journalist and bestselling author. She teaches and consults on writing projects.

Her memoir, The Mockingbird Next Door, was a New York Times bestseller. It tells the story of her friendship with Harper Lee and her sister Alice in their Alabama hometown. Mills was a news reporter and feature writer at...

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