So many of us have tried our hand at writing memoir, working hard to recall memories and events and record them carefully. But there are any number of obstacles to finishing a memoir. It’s easy to lose the thread of the story, to have doubts about memory, or to worry the project is a little too self-obsessed. Luckily for every memoir quandary, there is a way forward. This class will cover all aspects of writing memoir—from the initial generative writing to issues of excavating memory to finding a structure to discovering what memoirist Dinty Moore calls the “invisible magnetic river” that runs through your story. In each class, we’ll read inspiring excerpts from great memoirs and spend time writing to prompts—all with the goal of moving your memoir forward.
Writers of all abilities are welcome, especially writers who feel stuck in their current writing practice.
This is an 8-week workshop that will meet virtually from 10 AM – 12 PM on the following Wednesdays:
- August 5th
- August 12th
- August 19th
- August 26th
- September 2nd
- September 9th
- September 16th
- September 23rd
Susan Bruns Rowe writes and teaches in Boise, Idaho. Her writing has appeared in The Louisville Review, The Clackamas Literary Review, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. She serves on the editorial staff for the online magazine Literary Mama and teaches creative writing for The Cabin, the Osher Institute at Boise State University, and other organizations. Susan has an MFA in creative writing from Boise State University and an MA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University.