Does not include service & handling fees, if applicable.
A workshop for writers working on book-length memoirs or essay collections.
We examine and investigate the tricky questions that haunt writers of personal narrative: where does this story begin and end? What do I want my voice to sound like? How can I ever really know the truth of what happened? Will my unique experience resonate with readers who have never shared it? What will my family think? Through reading assignments and craft discussions, we learn strategies for organizing, structuring and pacing a memoir. Each week, two students will share 50 pages of their work-in-progress, allowing us to engage deeply with the material.
Over the course of the year-long class, each student will have the opportunity to workshop 100 pages total of their manuscript. The instructor will have a private conference with each student to discuss their work at the end of each semester. During the spring term, a literary agent will visit the class to discuss the book publication process for memoir.
Students are chosen by Leigh Stein on the basis of a manuscript submission. Applications must be received by the deadline Friday, September 13 at 5 pm. Click here for submission guidelines.
Enrollment is limited to 10. Students commit to both semesters.
Fall classes meet Thursdays: Oct 10, 17, 31, Nov 7, 14 and 21.
Spring classes meet Thursdays: Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 5, 12 and 19.
Leigh Stein is the author of Dispatch from the Future and the memoir Land of Enchantment, “a thoughtful and compelling elegy about loss, wonder, and the vexed grip of attachment. It grieves by way of admitting complexity. Once I’d picked it up, I did not set it down again until I’d finished it," wrote Leslie Jamison.
Memoir Manuscript: A Working Group with Leigh Stein