How do we turn “what happened” into a story? How do we shift through the sheer wealth of anecdote in a lived life and give it narrative purpose? Is “the truth” enough? In a confidential environment, we will examine what makes a story. This is a vigorous memoir workshop in which we will devote laser focus to the tools and techniques of good writing in the service of the story. Students should expect to write frequently in class and to complete daily writing assignments, as well as to read their colleagues’ work closely. Open to all levels, the class will help you refine work you have or find a beginning and meaningful way in to your story.
Registered students should submit a memoir excerpt or piece of personal creative nonfiction no longer than 1,200 words prior to the start of class to Susanna at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 28.
Susanna Sonnenberg is the author of two memoirs, Her Last Death and She Matters: A Life in Friendships, both published by Scribner and New York Times Bestsellers. Her creative personal nonfiction and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. She teaches memoir and other writing classes online and in person from Missoula, Montana, where she has lived for 30 years.