Women Writing Memoir

6 Tuesdays:
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5

1-hour classes (4-5pm PT | 7-8pm ET)
All sessions are recorded.
Cost: $299

I’m Speaking

2 Tuesdays:
November 12 & 19

Add-on for students who want to continue on the journey for two more weeks into November.
Cost $50

Full experience: $349

Includes both classes

++ These are online courses and will be recorded! ++

Women Writing Memoir

6 Tuesdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5
4pm PT | 7pm ET

This class is back by popular demand and we can’t wait to share what we have in store!

Week 1 - October 1

Class 1 TBD, with Susan Kiyo Ito

CONTENT TBD

Week 2 - October 8

Class 2 TBD, with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

CONTENT TBD

Week 3 - October 15

Class 3 TBD, with Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos is no stranger to pushing the envelope in her writing. She’s faced head-on what it means to tell the whole truth and has put herself out there all the way—writing about sex work, sexuality, and trauma, topics that many of us want to write about but might struggle with for fear of what others might think of us. In Febos’s TEDx talk, she shares what it was like to allow her mother to read story her memoir about Febos’s journey to becoming a professional dominatrix, and what that experience opened up for both of them. In this class, Febos will delve into what we risk when we don’t pursue our stories for fear of how others will react, and draws upon the topics from Body Work, which grapples with the emotional, psychological, and physical work of writing intimately

Week 4 - October 22

Class 4 TBD, with Maggie Smith

In this session, Maggie Smith will share with readers her considerations and lessons learned about the emotional optics of writing memoir. In You Could Make This Place Beautiful, Smith wrote about her ex-husband, her children, her mother, and others close to her, making conscientious choices and drawing boundaries with her readers in places, claiming on the page what was hers and not hers to share. In sharing her own considerations and choices around these topics, Smith’s class will be supportive to any memoirist struggling with how much to share, what’s yours and what’s not yours to tell, and how to grapple with fear of outcome and/or other people’s reactions to your personal truth.  

Week 45- October 29

Class 5 TBD, with Regina Brooks

In this session, Brooke will be in conversation with agent and author Regina Brooks about the state of memoir and publishing. Brooks has long represented memoirists, is the author of You Should Really Write a Book: How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir, and has a keen understanding of what sells—and why. We’ll talk about whether to make your memoir more prescriptive (which is what people are talking about when they talk about hybrid memoir, or “memoir-plus”) in order to attract agents and editors. Brooks will answer your questions about platform, what agents and publishers are looking for, and the best ways for memoirists to build an audience. Brooks brings deep experience from nearly three decades in publishing, and she’s a compassionate and fearless champion of this genre that too often struggles to get its due in the industry.  

Week 6 - November 5

Class 6: Your Story Is Part of the Change, with Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers

Election Day! By the time we log onto class on this final week of the course, we may be celebrating the first female president ever, or we may be contending with two of the most anti-woman candidates in American history taking charge of the highest office in the land. This course is about women’s voices, but it’s also been circling women’s fears, reservations, and shame. And healing. Regardless of where we land on November 5, we want this class to remind you just how much your voice matters. It’s our stories that create collective change. It’s the stories and the truths that women have revealed which bring us to this place where a female candidate is running in the first place. Our country changes and progresses through the power of personal narrative, and it needs all of us to stand up and tell our truths. This final class offers you a space to put a stake in the future of your story. We’ll leave you inspired and hopeful, and in good company, regardless of the outcome of election night.

++ These are online courses and will be recorded! ++

I'm Speaking

2 Tuesdays: November 12 & 19
4pm PT | 7pm ET

In anticipation of what women stand to gain or lose depending on the outcome of November’s election, we will hold a space for generative writing and sharing

YOUR TEACHERS

Maggie Smith is the award-winning author of You Could Make This Place Beautiful, Good Bones, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, Lamp of the Body, and the national bestsellers Goldenrod and Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change. A 2011 recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, she’s also received several Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council, two Academy of American Poets Prizes, a Pushcart Prize. She has been widely published, appearing in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Nation, The Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Susan Kiyo Ito is the author of the memoir, I Would Meet You Anywhere, and a finalist for the 2023 National Book Critics Circle Award. She co-edited the literary anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption. Her work has appeared in The Writer, Hyphen, Literary Mama, Catapult, Hyphen,and elsewhere. Her theatrical adaption of Untold, stories of reproductive stigma, was produced at Brava Theater. She teaches at the Mills College campus of Northeastern University and lives in Northern California.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her memoir, The Man Who Could Move Clouds, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It was a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and was long-listed for a Carnegie Medal in Excellence in Nonfiction. It was named a “Best Book of the Year” by TIME, People, NPR, Vanity Fair, Boston Globe, among others. Her novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, won a California Book Awards medal, and was a New York Times editor’s choice. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Cut, and Zyzzyva, among others. She lives in California. 

Melissa Febos is the national bestselling author of four books, including Abandon Me, Girlhood, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative. Her fifth book, The Dry Season, is forthcoming in 2025 from Alfred A. Knopf. Her awards and fellowships include those from the Guggenheim Foundation, LAMBDA Literary, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many others. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Sun, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. Febos is a full professor at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City with her wife, the poet Donika Kelly.

Regina Brooks the founder and President of Serendipity Literary Agency. Regina has been a literary agent for 23 years, and was named Woman of the Year by The National Association of Professional Women, A New York Urban League Rising Star Award winner, and a finalist for the Stevie Award for Women Entrepreneurs. She is a graduate of the Howard University Publishing Institute in Washington DC and the author of Never Finished Never Done, Writing Great Books for Young Adults, and You Should Really Write a Book. www.serendipitylit.com.

Linda Joy Myers is the president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and the author of two award-winning memoirs Don’t Call Me Mother and Song of the Plains. Her three books, The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, Becoming Whole, and Journey of Memoir, guide writers to create a powerful, truthful, and universal story. Linda Joy shares her writing insights on Substack at The Magic of Memoir, The Magic of Fiction. She’s also the author of a prize-winning debut novel, The Forger of Marseille. Together with Brooke Warner, she teaches memoir intensives here and at WriteYourMemoirinSixMonths.com.

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-Light Your Book, What’s Your Book?, and three books on memoir, including How to Sell Your Memoir, and two books co-authored with Linda Joy Myers: Breaking Ground on Your Memoir and The Magic of Memoir. Brooke writes a weekly Substack, Writerly Things, and has dedicated her career to supporting writers to give voice to their stories. She’s a  TEDx speaker (“Green-Light Revolution”) and together with Linda Joy Myers, she teaches memoir intensives here and at WriteYourMemoirinSixMonths.com.