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


“Write It” A Memoir Workshop Featuring Alice Osborn

Location: Cameron Village Library
1930 Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605
Thursday, September 3, 2015 Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Open to the Public

In this library program that encourages writers and readers to explore different genres, you’ll learn how you can harness the power of your hero’s journey or memoir for future generations. If we’re the hero of our own story, that means we have to share some kryptonite (vulnerabilities) along the way. Publisher author and experienced memoir workshop facilitator, Alice Osborn will lead the group in some writing exercises while also providing information on why writing memoir is such a powerful and fascinating endeavor. We invite all levels of writers to join us.


Sharpen Your Writing: Master Class in Advanced Fiction and Memoir Craft Techniques

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NC
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Time: 9-4pm
Fee $99   To Register  Click Here

When you write your memoir, you are the rock star of your story.Raleigh Author, Alice Osborn When you write fiction, your characters are the rock star of your story. In this all-day workshop with editors/authors Alice Osborn and Belea T. Keeney, you’ll learn how you can harness the power of your inner rock star by charting your narrative arc, finding your theme and giving your characters a strong voice. Dialogue, scene vs. summary, passive voice, point of view, motivation, backstory, and characterization will also be covered. After completing this workshop you’ll be ready to focus on your manuscript with laser precision to bring out a novel or memoir your readers will enjoy and remember. We invite all levels of writers to join us.


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.


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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