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 9 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


Be the Hero of Your Story: A Memoir Workshop with Alice OsbornRobHainer_12847605_m

Location: Page 158 Books, 158 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Sunday, November 8, 2015 Time: 2-4 p.m. Tuition: $25
To Register, Click Here 
When you write your memoir you are the hero of your own story. You have overcome obstacles, experienced failures, braved the elements and have come out on top. In this two-hour program, you’ll learn how you can harness the power of your Hero’s Journey to bring your lessons learned back into your own community. Writing exercises and gentle feedback from experienced writing teacher Alice Osborn will help you generate memorable prose using all of your senses. Alice will help you create a gripping beginning, as you recover childhood memories and deal with painful material without coming off as a victim. Alice will also provide information on publishing your memoir. We invite all levels of writers to join us.

Advanced Memoir: Get Your Memoir Done with Alice Osborn

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NC 27609
Wednesday, January 20 to Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (Class meets for 6 Thursdays)
Time: 11:30 a.m.—2 p.m.—Bring your lunch!
Tuition: $149

Required Reading: This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff, Suggested Reading: The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
Additional deep dive editing package is $375, Tuition includes a free 10-min accountability phone chat with a two-page edit from Alice
To Register Click Here

MemoirHave you completed Alice’s Memoir Workshop Series and wish to continue? Have you started working on your memoir and now wonder what is the next step? Or are you ready to get your memoir finally done in 2016? If you said yes, then sign up for Advanced Memoir: Get Your Memoir Done with Alice Osborn where you’ll have in-class writing exercises and generous feedback from teacher Alice Osborn to help you construct your memoir and give it a strong foundation. Move forward in the direction you want to go by creating a memoir that will dazzle your readers using the Hero’s Journey and turning points and solid theme. While we’re together, we’ll also read This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff. This workshop is best-suited for writers who have previous writing experience or who have been working on their memoirs. Participants bring their own lunch. Your tuition includes a 10-min accountability phone chat plus a two page edit. If you’d like Alice to deep edit your memoir pages during the class, 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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