Join me to write one of your mini memoirs.
You might be asking: One of my memoirs?
So many of us have a memoir in us--and yet the task of writing such a thing is daunting. I know; a decade ago ago, I wrote feverishly for hours that led to days, weeks, months, and over a year to where the wild things are.... ok, I stole that.
What really happened was this: I thought I was writing a memoir. I thought it was about bulimia and smoking and marriage and motherhood and Judaism and "finding myself" and being an artist and free spirit in a conventional container that never quite fit. I also had this sneaking suspicion that it was about all and none of these things, and that I was writing my way down into the deepest parts of myself.
Turned out that last part was true. Turned out, the story I needed to tell was one I hadn't lived yet, that of coming out of the closet. The memoir, the pages themselves -- these I stuck in a three-ring binder and shelved.
In my case, the book I thought I was writing led to life changes and eventually became a collection of poems that told the whole thing in a way I never could have imagined or predicted.
Moral of the story? Well, no moral really. And I'll go ahead and clarify that straight writers will not "turn gay" as a result of this class (though there are much worse outcomes in my book!).
About this group
Ten interconnected prompts and 3 1/2 weeks to flesh out a moment or memory that won't let you go, and an individual conversation completely focused on your work. Bite-sized pieces and baby steps are a good way to start writing, or to finish writing, or to keep going. Wherever you may be in relation to a memory or a moment in your life that has a hold on you, these four weeks will give you the time, space, and structure to let them speak, in a safe container of fellow writers and insightful readers.
How will it work?
* For four weeks, we’ll be together in a small, top-secret Facebook group. You’ll receive a total of 10 interconnected prompts, each with an invitation to set a timer for 10 minutes to write. A new prompt will be posted each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
* All members will have the option to sign up for a 45-minute coaching call to discussing your writing and next steps. I will post the info in the group in week 3.
* For the sake of a small, safe container, this group is limited to 12 members.
Who Should Join?
Anyone who wishes to explore memoir writing with the structure and support of a small group of fellow travelers.
Upon checkout, you will also have the option to add a donation to the Community Writers Fund. This fund provides scholarships to those who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate in writing groups.