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Memoir Lab

How to Master the Craft of Writing Memoirs & Autobiographical Fiction

August 01, 2014 – August 03, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Ira Wood
SM14-3502-677Ira Wood,

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

The memoir has become America’s most popular read. So why is it so hard to write one?

Marge Piercy and Ira Wood have worked with thousands of writers, many of whom have gone on to publish. This workshop, for writers at any level of experience, offers personal access to two gifted writers and former publishers to help you hone your skills and get your own work in print and online.

With a focus on writing and critique, this hands-on intensive is dedicated to teaching the elements of the writer’s craft, and putting those techniques to use. Discover how to overcome inner censors; how to determine when you can embellish and when you need to stick to the truth; and how to begin to tell a story that took years in the living.

Through short lectures and exercises, we concentrate on creating gripping beginnings; mastering dialogue; dealing with painful material without coming off as a victim; recovering childhood memories; exploring narrative strategies for organizing our experiences; and improving work habits. We leave with great ideas to complete at home and the inspiration to keep going.


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Required Reading:

  • Piercy and Wood, So You Want to Write (second edition).

After the workshop, participants will be invited to join Memoir Lab, an online home for feedback and community. 

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty

Ira Wood

Ira Wood has written three autobiographical novels and a hilarious new memoir-in-essays, You’re Married to Her? He is also coauthor (with Marge Piercy) of So You Want to Write. He has been praised for his “special gift for heartwarming comedy” by the New York Times.