Classes, Courses and Conferences on Writing Memoirs


Classes, courses and conferences are great ways to learn how-to-do-it if you're a beginning memoir writer and to sharpen your skills if you’re experienced.

My ninety-minute class at the Library Center in Springfield, Missouri, “Writing Family Memoirs for Fun and Profit,” is free and no registration is required. Classes are the second Tuesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to Noon in the Harrison Room. New and experienced memoir writers are welcome. It is not a series; the same material is presented each class. Location and telephone number of the Library Center are on its website.

Check with the library nearest you as to whether memoir writing classes are offered. Other places to look are local writers’ groups, state historical societies, community colleges, baccalaureate colleges and universities (extension and regular terms), city/county parks departments, and senior citizens centers. Whether online or seated classes, be sure to investigate before signing up. Know the costs, prerequisites, travel considerations, dates and times. Check with your nearest Better Business Bureau or your local Chamber of Commerce as to whether there have been complaints regarding class producers, sponsors, or presenters.

The following listings are for informational purposes only. I’m not responsible for their content or credibility and I do not endorse them in any manner. You are on your own due diligence in any association you may have with these listings and their offerings. The listings are a small sample of what is available. You may find many others by entering into your browser’s search field the words memoir writing classes or online memoir writing classes (without the italics), or similar wording. Dates, availabilities and websites can change quickly, so carefully review a listing that interests you.

Seated Classes
Ashville, North Carolina: Peggy Tabor Millen, Clarity Works
Chicago: The Writers’ Loft
New York, Crete, Barcelona, Florence: Creativity Workshop
New York; Palm Desert, California; Santa Barbara, California: Maureen Murdock Memoir Classes and Workshops
Northern Nevada Writing Project: Teacher in-service classes
Olympia, Washington: Washington State Historical Society
Ontario, Canada: Storylines
Pasadena, California: Footprints Writing Clubs
Troy, New York: The Arts Center of the Capital Region
Westport, Connecticut: Westport Writers’ Workshop

Online Classes, Tele-classes, Self-directed Classes
Journaling and Memoir Writing 101
KSURF Virtual University. This is not a radio or television station. Scroll down the left side of the page to Journalism and Writing Classes and then select Writing Memoirs: The Journey to Me.
Lisa Romeo Writes
Matilja Press
The Memoir Writing Workbook

Soleil Lifestory Network
Writers Digest University: Focus on the Personal/Family Memoir, Fundamentals of Life Stories Writing

Membership Organizations with Conferences or Workshops
Association of Personal Historians
Biographers International Organization

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