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 10 years now and it’s one of my favorite genres to teach!

“Alice’s smart historical and literary references make writing seem easy; like a normal human endeavor.”

–Lynda Chambers, Raleigh, NC

“Alice Osborn is a breath of fresh air here in Raleigh as she is fresh and innovative, yet gives timeless wisdom writing techniques.”

–Debra May, Raleigh, NC

“This course (Six Week Memoir Workshop) has helped enlighten the writer in me by bringing structure, professionalism and insight into the writer’s paradigm. Alice is a wonderful instructor and author.”

–Eve Mangin, Raleigh, NC

“As a 30+ year advertising copywriter, I needed to find a different voice for writing my memoirs and Alice helped me do so through writing exercises and encouraging suggestions. This workshop has helped me focus on completing my memoirs by better organizing my chapters and realizing where there are holes I need to fill in. Several of the in-class exercises have helped me to develop a better voice in my writing by becoming more visual with words.”

—Andy Ellis, Wake Forest, NC

“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

Advanced Memoir: Get Your Memoir Done with Alice Osborn

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh, NC 27609
Thursday, August 18 to Thursday, September 22, 2016 (Class meets for 6 Thursdays)   

Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.—Bring your lunch!memoir
Tuition: $199

Required Readings: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
Additional deep dive editing package is $375 (without this package, Alice only offers verbal feedback)
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Have you completed Alice’s Memoir Workshop Series and wish to continue to get your memoir polished and published? If so, then sign up for Advanced Memoir: Get Your Memoir Done with Alice Osborn where you’ll receive in-class writing exercises, on the Hero’s Journey, turning points and small details, paired with insightful feedback from teacher Alice Osborn, to help you structure your memoir, give it a strong foundation, so you can then get your book published. While we’re together, we’ll also read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr. This workshop is best-suited for writers who have previous writing experience or who have been working on their memoir. Participants bring their own lunch. If you’d like Alice to deep edit your memoir pages during the class (without this package, Alice only offers verbal feedback), consider purchasing the $375 editing package (up to 60 pages and 20,000 words, valued at $600).

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.



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