workshop Rhinebeck, NY

The How and Why of Memoir Writing

With Ada Calhoun.

Aug 21–26, 2022


Member: $405.00

Standard: $450.00

Woman writing in her notebook on a camping trip

Explore tactics of memoir writing, develop your themes, and get a lot of writing done in this intensive with New York Times bestselling author Ada Calhoun.

Ada Calhoun discusses writing her memoir Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give.

Dig into memoir writing and find ways to interweave the personal and the universal, so that the resulting work is neither diary nor reportage—rather a work of art that lets readers in on a new way of being a human in the world.

In this five-day intensive, New York Times bestselling author Ada Calhoun helps you develop the themes of—and make significant progress on—a memoir. Class members will read and discuss one another’s work, as well as the work of important memoirists, and each hour of class will feature multiple writing exercises.

Together, we explore characters, narrative arcs, research, and style. And we talk practically about the editorial and proposal process. We also discuss what it means to write about ourselves and the people close to us—the ways in which it can be fraught or liberating or both at once. This class will be a safe, supportive place to develop ideas, to come up with a plan for publication if that’s the goal, and to get a lot of writing done—and it will be fun!

Workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Aug 21–26, 2022

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