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Whether your story is for family or something with appeal to a wider readership, learn what it takes to write memoir that delivers something memorable. I offer six-week classes for beginning memoir writers and personalized help, structure, and support for more experienced writers.
The Essentials: Transform Truth to Art
The best memoir uses the same storytelling techniques as fiction — convincing characters, believable dialog, vivid scenes, descriptive details. Publishable memoirs also have a clear theme and narrative arc. I teach the craft of memoir and provide the structure, support, and inspiration to keep you productive.
Writing memoir is different from journaling, where we describe or explore whatever we are feeling or want to chronicle as it occurs to us. It’s about self-expression. Writing a story about a life experience means that we have to create a shape for it, define the focus. The exploration and expression happens as truth becomes art.
On Saturday mornings I email you the week’s lesson. These are info-packed, with great examples from published memoirs and writing exercises you can use to practice what you’ve learned.
For added value, get critique on your writing (2,000 words per week). Email your writings up to 7 days after receipt of the lesson and receive my detailed feedback within 48 hours.
Topic 1: Scope (the outline for your book or stories series)
Topic 2: How to Bring Your Stories to Life (including shaping a story, description, sensory detail)
Topic 3: Integrating Narrative and Scene
Topic 4: Writing Believable Dialog
Topic 5: Creating Convincing Characters
Topic 6: Handling the Truth: Issues and Strategies
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6 weekly lessons $150 | add critique $150REGISTER NOW
This program gives graduates of The Essentials or experienced writers the structure of due dates and regular feedback on your work as you write on memoir topics of your choice. You’ll submit writings of up to 2,000 words by email once a week. I return your writing with critique about its strengths and areas for improvement within 72 hours.
The depth of critique on each piece is up to you. Some writers prefer to use the course to inspire them to write more and make them accountable to a writing schedule; others want detailed written critique.
The program begins with your brief introduction to me by email, summarizing your project and your goals. Your first writing is due 1 week after your start date. Example: If your program dates are May 5 – June 16 , your first due date will be May 12. Time involved? The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it, but no matter what, you’ll learn and grow as a writer.
One-On-One Memoir Writing Program
- Start the first Saturday of any month
- $260 | 4 Sessions
- PayPal and Cashier’s Check by Mail Accepted
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Suzanne is a sensitive and acutely knowledgeable instructor and published writer. Hundreds have benefited by her tutelage, and I have been one for many years. During this time she expertly guided me while I wrote Among the Silent Giants was published in 2012 thanks to Suzanne’s careful coaching and it won top honorable mention at the 2013 Los Angeles Book Festival and other awards. — Sharon Porter Moxley/Author
I was struck by Suzanne’s thorough approach. She is incredibly bright and talented. She has an academic yet sensitive approach that leaves her students well-grounded in the genre. I highly recommend Suzanne to anyone who needs an editor or wants to learn more about memoir writing. — Frances Caballo, Social Media Strategist/Author
The Kindle edition of my memoir, JOYride, won the eLit Book Award—Silver Medal for the Best Inspirational / Spiritual Digital Book of 2011. I couldn’t have done it without Suzanne. — Jerry Weinstock/Author