What is a Memoir?

Memoir is a “true” story, as opposed to a fictional one and it is also writing that provides storytelling techniques which have a distinct voice and style.  While memoir should be true, it is more important that the writing be emotionally true because the writer needs to recreate experience for the reader. Memoir is also about making yourself the hero in your story and showing the reader how you overcame obstacles and came out stronger on the other side.

I’ve been teaching memoir for 7 years now and it’s one of my favorite genres to teach!

“I attended Alice Osborn’s memoir class. As a novice writer, I was delighted that her lesson plans provided personal writing experiences. This workshop provided opportunities to explore place, story, figurative language and senses. I was able to expose and question my personal motivation and reasons for considering memoir writing. Her critique of each class assignment was very helpful. I highly recommend Alice for educating and editing novice writers, students, bloggers, social media users and book writers.”

—Pat Daley, Raleigh, NC


Correspondence Course with Alice Osborn for Fiction, Memoir and Poetry

$1200 for 12 months (that’s only $100/month!) — or $600 in two payments for Fiction and Memoir
$600 for 12 months (that’s only $50/month!) — or $300 in two payments for Poetry
Self-paced year-long class begins April 15th 2015—April 15th 2016
To Register Click Here

Do you want to write/finish your book this year?
MailmanDo you have a dream of getting published?
Do you need help navigating the publication maze?

This correspondence class is perfect for fiction, memoir and poetry writers who want a one-on-one writing/editing session with Alice, but don’t necessarily live in North Carolina or need more accountability with their writing practice. Writers submit 1 piece per month based on Alice’s emailed writing prompt, up to 20 pages, double-spaced (or one poem, single-spaced). Then the critique is emailed back to the participant. With published author Alice Osborn as your writing coach you’ll improve your writing and get published this year!

Editor and Author Alice Osborn will:

Help you with the writing process/ Be your accountability partner
Strengthen and tone your writing
Help you with marketing and publishing your book


Free Critique Session with Belea T. Keeney and Alice Osborn

CentAlice Osborn, Raleigh Authorer for Excellence
3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106Belea T Keeney
Raleigh NC 27609
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Time: 9:30-12:30pm
To Register Click Here

How do you know your manuscript is publication-ready? Come join us at this critique session with experienced editors/authors Belea T. Keeney and Alice Osborn so you can get your novel or memoir off of the ground. After your individual session you’ll walk away knowing what’s working and what’s not working with your masterpiece-in-progress.  Fee: FREE, but you must register prior to the session. Limit 12. Refreshments served


Refunds, Cancellations and No Show Policy

Revised Refund Policy as of 1/22/15

Any refunds will incur an administrative fee of 50% of the workshop fee or will receive a full credit toward a future workshop if cancelled more than 5 days before the workshop. Cancellations made one to five business days before the workshop forfeit the entire tuition or will receive a 50% credit toward a future workshop. No shows and cancellations made the day of the event (or after) forfeit the entire tuition and any future credit.



Alice Osborn will help you get your novel published and adored by your readers.

Alice is THE professional editor and published author to help you get famous through publication.

Alice Osborn, Raleigh AuthorShe will help you achieve success and confidence with editing, writing workshops, and mentoring to help you achieve your writing goals. If you need one-on-one coaching, Alice offers mentoring that can turn you from a writer into an author. She is THE expert you can trust and who will be honest and fair with you.

Connect with Alice now by signing up for her E-zine to immediately receive FRE*E writing tips! You’ll also be plugged in to receive her monthly updates on writing news, events and more.


She’s available via email or through her Contact Page.