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!
Join me for my next memoir series, “Memoir, The Next Level”. Date to be announced soon for Fall!
“My writing has blossomed during the three years I have been working with Alice in her Memoir from Afar class. Something about the 10 pages each month organizes me to get pieces prepared and sent. Over the course of the time we have worked together, I have had one article published in a peer reviewed journal, and two other articles accepted pending minor revisions. I have also made progress on a book I’ve worked on for years, and have written several memoir pieces. Alice’s responsiveness and feedback have been very helpful and very important to me.”
—Dr. Irene Lazarus, Chapel Hill, NC
“Listen, writers: If you are serious about your craft, Alice’s workshops will equip you with tools necessary for honing your skills. Besides being a master wordsmith, Alice is a compassionate, nurturing guide who provides a wealth of resources. After attending one of her workshops, I reworked a problematic story which recently won honorable mention in an international competition. I continue to refer back to Alice’s notes, now part of my ‘writing road map.’ Wherever you are on your writing journey, Alice can provide what you need to reach your desired destination!” —Fran Haley, Educator, NC