Evolution of Memoir
4 Mondays: March 4, 11, 18, 25 at 3pm PT | 6pm ET
1-hour class followed by 1 hour of generative writing
For years, Brooke and Linda Joy have been teaching traditional memoir structures—linear, framed, and braided. Those are still wonderful options for most memoirists. And . . . if you’ve been reading and paying attention to memoir writing, you know that we’re living through an evolution in memoir writing. This course aims to show you some of what that evolution entails—new techniques and ways to tell your story. This course is not aiming to have you start over with a new structure, or to suggest that a fragmented story structure is best. Rather, we want to support you to find new ways to shape your material, and to find evermore ways to give yourself permission to tell your story in new forms and new ways, even if you use these techniques within a more traditional narrative arc.
This four-week class, co-taught by memoir teachers Linda Joy Myers (National Association of Memoir Writers) and Brooke Warner (She Writes Press), has its finger on the pulse of the latest forms, styles, and trends in memoir-writing. Because as the genre evolves, so does the way we think about our stories and write our stories.