Writing Your Memoir


Turn your life into art in this supportive, encouraging intensive workshop where you develop a unique and compelling book based on your lived experience.

Hybrid (Remote)
Starting at $788.00
As few as 4 days

What you can learn.

  • Learn to apply techniques of fiction to your story to enrich characters and scenes
  • Examine the role of self-revelation in crafting a strong memoir
  • Discuss the ethnics of writing about real people with truth and integrity
  • Read and review the work of other writers in the class

About this course:

Humorous coincidences, extreme trauma, famous exploits--these are often mistaken as the ingredients necessary for memoir writing. Not true. The real work of memoir is about turning life into art, the kind of literature that speaks to the humanity of us all. This four-day intensive class is unlike any other in the way it helps writers enter the psychological space where their deepest stories lie. It then provides them the tools for rendering those stories in compelling prose. Special focus is given on how to forge an involving story line out of the unwieldy mass of life experience. You learn to employ fictional techniques, like characterization, dialogue, and plot to transform personal experience into artful stories relevant to readers. Self-revelation, perhaps the form's greatest challenge, is explored in depth. You also learn how to transfer the people in your life onto the page with integrity and honesty. Finally, the course provides the insight and experience of guest authors, which also serve as a great networking opportunity.

About the Writers Studio

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This course is part of the 2021 Writers Studio: Home Edition.

Offered by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the Writers Studio brings together a community of writing students to workshop with some of Southern California’s most accomplished writers and teachers. Harness your creativity, hone your skills, and develop your story with four days of instruction and writing in a supportive environment.

In light of the ongoing and unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic, the Writers’ Program has moved its signature 4-day intensive workshop series to a fully online environment.

Instruction will be conducted with a combination of Zoom-based meetings, offline independent work time, small group activities, and other approaches to learning. The conference also features daily guest speakers and a keynote presentation by an industry professional of note.

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Winter 2022 Schedule

Date & Time
Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM PT
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Instructor: Liz Stephens
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Location: Remote Classroom
ENROLL BY: Feb 24, 2022
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Enrollment limited to 15 students. Visitors not permitted. $150 nonrefundable. Internet access required.

This a hybrid (Remote) format course which combines asynchronous online instruction with semi-regular, required live meetings held on Zoom. Please see the course syllabus for specifics. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 24, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
Thu Feb 24, 2022
10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Fri Feb 25, 2022
10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Sat Feb 26, 2022
10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Sun Feb 27, 2022
10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Remote Classroom

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