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Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive

at Gotham Writers' Workshop - Hell's Kitchen

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$190 5 seats left
Start Date:

Fri, Dec 20, 10:00am - 5:00pm

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Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
555 8th Ave 14th Flr. Ste 1402
Between W 37th & W 38th Streets
New York, New York 10018
Price includes $25 registration fee.
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14

What you'll learn in this memoir writing class:

Every life holds many tales. Whether your life is wildly unconventional or relatively normal, there’s bound to be something fascinating about it. That’s why the contemporary memoir—everyday people telling their stories—has become such a popular phenomenon. A memoir covers an aspect of a life, whether it’s a short piece about, say, a bicycle ride with a friend, or a book about, say, your entire childhood.

To make readers care, your memoir must be told with the finesse of fiction. Here you will learn techniques for focusing your life stories, as well as well as writing craft and how to market your work.

Whether you seek to write essay-length pieces or a book, we’ll show you how to best tell the stories from your life.

A memoir is similar to a personal essay; both incorporate elements from the writer’s life. But a personal essay focuses more on the viewpoint, and a memoir focuses more on the story.

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

Memoir Intensive topics include:
  • The contemporary memoir defined
  • Character
  • Plot
  • Description
  • Getting published

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Refund Policy
All Classes (except One-days and Write-Ins)
For a refund or credit, contact us two business days or more before your class starts. You can either choose to hold a full credit with us good for one year on other Gotham classes OR you can opt for a refund less a $25 administrative fee and your $25 registration fee ($50 total).

If you need to withdraw after your class has started (or one business day before it starts), you won’t receive a refund, but you’re welcome to a Gotham credit less the price of Week 1 and your $25 registration fee, but we need to hear from you two business days or more before Week 2 meets for that to happen. After that point, no credits are available.

One-day Intensives
You may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time, if you notify us before the class begins.

If you notify us two business days or more before your class begins, rescheduling is free. If you notify us less than two business days before your class begins, there is a $25 rescheduling fee. If you don’t notify us until after your class begins, we cannot reschedule you.

You may get a refund (minus a $50 fee) if you notify us two business days or more before your class begins.

If you withdraw two hours or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full credit good for one year toward another Write-In. No refunds are available. If you simply don’t show up and don’t notify us in advance, you forfeit your money.

A few more things
Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road.Simply not attending class or notifying the instructor does not mean you've officially withdrawn.Some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for medical emergencies with a doctor's note.Refunds take up to six weeks to process.

Please understand, we can't issue a refund after classes have started, even if you miss your first class. Similarly, we can't offer you a credit one day before your second class or after that. We understand that other obligations get in the way of attending class, but these policies allow us to get other interested writers into class early enough to have a good experience, and this allows us to offer our classes at a reasonable price. 

Important Notes:
  • Students are allowed to join a class in the second week.
  • Only those who pay the tuition in full can be guaranteed a place in class.
  • Class dates and times may be subject to change. A substitute may be assigned or make-up classes added to the end of the term.
  • Auditing and the recording of classes are not allowed.For all classes, students receive a record of payment and registration.
  • Gotham reserves the right to remove any student at our discretion.
  • Gotham does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.
  • Our courses are not intended to provide instruction that will result in the student's acquisition of occupational skills.


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Question from lauventria r.
I am interested in taking Memoir Writing Level 1: One day intensive on 11/10 my question is ... I am interested in this class as I am interested in writing my personal memoirs of my life.Will this class help me do that or is geared towards people who want to publish. Thanks.
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! People come into these classes in all sorts of different situations. Some people have no idea what they want their play to be about, they just know they want to write a play. Some people come in with a first draft done, some with just a few scenes. It's all over the spectrum. Wherever you are in the process, you will make progress in the class.
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
There are almost entirely about the craft of writing. That is what the focus will be on. There will be one short lecture at the end of the class about publishing, but the bulk of the class is about writing and honing that writing craft.
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Question from Katherine S.
Hello, who is teaching Sept 14th intensive?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hello, Katherine! The school does not have a teacher set yet. They are still gathering teacher availabilities and should have that up in the coming weeks. Hope this helps!
Question from anonymous
Who is the teacher?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
HI! The April 7 section of the class is going to be taught by Jon Reiner. The school is still working on placing an instructor for the May 11 class.
Question from Maia B.
Who teaches this class? I cannot find the teacher's name.
Answer from Chermalyn P. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi, Maia! At the time we listed the schedules, the instructors' names were not yet available. We've updated the information and you should be able to see it in the class details page.

Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop (667)

(667 Reviews)
Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by Anonymous on 7/29/2019
This was not a beginner class at all, but the quality of the material was fantastic. I did find the instruction a bit boring and hard to follow but luckily I had taken writing classes before so I was able to "hang on" throughout. I wouldn't recommend to someone who has never had any formal experience with writing.
Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by Judith D. on 7/28/2019
The instructor Cullen Thomas was extremely knowledgable about the subject of memoir writing. I was also impressed that he remembered everyone's name after an initial introduction.I will definitely explore other curses available in memoir writing.
Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by LinDa S. on 6/29/2019
It was very insightful
Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by ramona S. on 3/30/2019
Amazing teacher! Amazing class
Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by Marjon J. on 9/16/2018
Cullen was such a great teacher. I wish there was more time for individual feedback and/or we could have that opportunity even if we didn't discuss our piece out loud in class.
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