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Writers Workshops

Memoir Online 2020-309

Course #2020-309
Mondays Starting October 5 6:30 pm–8:30 pm running 6 weeks
Cost: $240 Instructor: Alex McElroy
This workshop is full

Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.

“People mistakenly believe the best memoir is the one in which the grossest stuff happens,” Mary Karr says, in her The Art of Memoir interview with The Paris Review. For Karr, subject matter does not make the memoir. What happened is never as interesting as how the memoirist writes about what happened. “How it’s written,” she adds, “counts for something.” In this 6-week memoir class, we will study strategies for how memoir is written. Good memoir, we will learn, is defined by the writer’s use of craft elements like syntax, tone, dialogue, setting, and mood to establish narrative voice and build trust with the reader. We will be working in this class as both readers and writers. As readers, we will look at several memoir openings from writers like Kiese Laymon, Carmen Maria Machado, Cyrus Grace Dunham, and others to see how published authors establish voice to create psychologically and emotionally believable worlds. As writers, we will complete brief generative exercises and workshop openings from our own memoirs. Writers of all levels are welcome and are not required to enter the class with a memoir manuscript already written.

About the instructor

Alex McElroy is the author of the story collection Daddy Issues. Their debut novel, The Atmospherians, will be published by Atria in 2021. Other writing appears in The Atlantic, Vice, Tin House, TriQuarterly, New England Review, and elsewhere. They received fellowships from The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Tin House Summer Workshop, The Sewanee Writers Conference, Inprint, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and The National Parks Service. This past spring, Alex earned their PhD in Literature and Fiction from the University of Houston where they received an Inprint Brown Foundation Fellowship and won the Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing.

Please note that online workshops are nonrefundable. By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. If this workshop is full when you try to register, please sign up on the waiting list here so you receive priority registration the next time this class is offered. For details and a schedule of all the current workshop offerings click here