Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing – Mine & Refine Your Memories

mcclungnew25 Saturdays, February 25 – April 1 (skip March 25), 2-4:30pm
$275 members/$295 others
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Memoir is not reserved only for the rich and famous. Beautiful and haunting memoirs—books and essays—can grow out of our ordinary lives, carefully observed. Both the distant past and the not-so-long ago can be mined, remembered and re-created in writing. This class is a guide to the mining and refining process.

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Memoir Writers Roundtable – Suggestions, support, solidarity

mcclungnew21Friday, March 12th, 7-10 p.m. San Francisco register_off-70x18
$35 members/$45 others

You’re embarked on writing a book-length memoir. You’re acquainted with the fundamentals of memoir, but perhaps you’re finding some doubts creeping in as you work on your book:  Is my story really that compelling? How do I clear away the clutter and get to the heart of my story? And how exactly am I going to end the book?

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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing Continuation Class

3 Sundays, April 24, May 22, June 19 & online activity between meetings
2:30-5 pm   San Francisco  
$190 members/$200 others  
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Prerequisite: Kathleen’s  5-week Memoir Writing class

Have you started your memoir but would love some ongoing guidance and encouragement? Are you wondering about ways to craft it that are indeed shapely, intense, fascinating…and publishable?

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Alison Luterman: Write from Real Life – Personal Essays & Memoirs

Alison_Banner9 Thursdays, July 14 – September 8, 7-9:30pm 
$365 members/$395 other
Testimonials for Alison    

In this class you will plunge into the personal themes that make your real life stories uniquely yours. In the first half of this class, instructor Alison Luterman will give you writing exercises carefully designed to elicit the undertones and overtones that elevate events and anecdotes into the realm of art. In the last half of class, Alison will guide you through workshopping and refining the pieces you have begun.

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Dialogue Intensive – The art of putting words into your characters’ mouths


Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others  (this class is not currently scheduled)

How many times have we heard the aged expression, “We’ll see what she says about that!”There’s anticipation in hearing someone express themselves, and the same is true of fiction and creative nonfiction (personal essays, memoirs): our characters need to speak, voice their opinions, woes, aspirations, biases, phobias, regrets.“We can write lovely exposition,” says instructor Joshua Mohr, “but readers need to hear what our characters sound like, what their preoccupations are.That way they can sculpt their own conclusions about them.”

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Crafting Childhood in Fiction and Memoir


This Class is Not Being Offered Next Session

Saturday, NO DATE AT THIS TIME, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
$95 members/$110 others


Writing truthfully and artfully about our early childhood—before age 12—calls for a fine balance of skill and compassion, memory and imagination.  This mini-workshop, designed for both beginning and experienced writers, will provide practice and guidance to illuminate and enrich creative projects exploring the events, people, places, and inner worlds of childhood.

“My goal is to help memoirists, fiction writers, and poets write faithfully and evocatively about the girls and boys that they — or their fictional characters — once were,” says instructor Kathleen McClung. Read the rest of this entry »

Alison Luterman: Personal Essays & Memoirs, Poetry

Hello Writing Salon,

I recently completed a nine-week personal essay course with Alison Luterman. Alison led the classes skillfully. She quickly established safety in the group, presented interesting and inspiring articles by other writers, and gently facilitated group discussions (encouraging us to listen without judgement and making sure each person had an opportunity to speak). She also generously shared her knowledge as a writer and gave kind and helpful (and sometimes challenging) feedback about our personal writing.

I highly recommend her classes to any writer, both experienced and new.

Kind regards
Kaye Cleave

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“…Maureen is a terrific memoir teacher…”


Maureen is a terrific memoir teacher. She’s quite intelligent, thoughtful about the writing and the experiences represented, and sensitive to each person in a very patient way. . . .She’s able to balance helpful directives/comments about writing in general along with specific comments to an individual writer. The class structure she uses has been very useful to me: using carefully chosen examples/excerpts from other writers (she’s very well read in this genre) to illustrate a particular way of writing memoir. She then assigns that approach for the following week. She’s also a very good writer herself. She’s also quite open about using her own experiences as examples, and she’s clearly had quite a range of them.

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