October 20, 2021

Women Writing Memoir – October 4 – November 8

Our most ambitious and exciting 6-week class is coming up this fall. This course is designed to address the emotional side of writing memoir—the part of memoir-writing that’s rarely taught and too seldom addressed. We’re covering topics like shame, messy and scary emotions, anger, and how to tell your hard (and even taboo) truths. This is a not-to-be-missed event for women memoirists.

Check out this amazing roster of expert teacher-authors:

• Piper Kerman (Orange Is the New Black)
• Elizabeth Nyamayaro (I Am a Girl from Africa)
• Nadia Bolz-Weber (Pastrix)
• Firoozeh Dumas (Funny in Farsi)
• Gina Frangello (Blow Your House Down)
• Lilly Dancyger (Negative Space)


Watch our May 18 webinar that inspired this six-week series!



Also consider joining us for our our Feminist Foundations 2022 Book Club ($125 for 4 weeks) where we’ll be reading and teaching:

January 10th:
Moments of Being
(1907-1936, published posthumously in 1972), by Virginia Woolf


February 8th:
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
(1969), by Maya Angelou



March 8th:
Fear of Flying
(1973), by Erica Jong



April 12:
The Woman Warrior
(1976), by Maxine Hong Kingston



We’re excited about all there is to uncover in these books, and we hope you’ll be part of the conversation.




Write Your Memoir with Support and Accountability

goals for new yearWhen you decide to write a memoir, you begin a journey into the heart of who you are. You draw upon memories, desires, imagination, and writing techniques to paint a picture of your life, or a portion of your life. You start down the long and winding path toward becoming a writer, and eventually a published author. Published author—yes! This is the goal of most memoir writers. You may want to learn from your story, or even settle some old scores (internally and externally), but mostly, as a memoirist, you want to share your wisdom and your story—if only you can get it done! That is the challenge.

As coaches and writers ourselves, we know that good, consistent writing emerges and blossoms with structure, accountability, and encouragement. These are the cornerstones of Write Your Memoir in Six Months. You and a cohort of eleven other memoirists will embark upon a journey together that will culminate in the book you’ve been wanting, needing, and longing to write.

We treat the process of writing a memoir like the journey it is. You will encounter three stages—the excitement of getting started; the muddy middle where you may encounter a few snarls and saboteurs; and the long-range view to the end, when you’re weaving all the pieces together and the finish line is in sight.

Here are the five things we believe any memoirist needs for this journey:

1. Consistency—your body in front of the computer regularly (daily for a short time is ideal).
2. Accountability—someone who’s expecting you to deliver on what you want for yourself.
3. Goals—when you have goals, you’ll know when you reach them.
4. Guts—the sheer determination to write and write, consult, edit, rethink, and write some more.
5. Patience—it takes time to write a book. But you only can do it one sentence at a time.

We are two passionate memoir advocates who have coached hundreds of authors through the completion of their manuscripts and all the way to publication. In this course, you’ll be met with support each step of the way—getting your fill of craft and technique, as well as the necessary emotional support that a journey like this requires.