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Sat, Nov 10, 11:00am - 6:00pm

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Flatiron, Manhattan
30 W 16 St
Btwn 5th & 6th Avenues
New York, New York 10011
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14
Teacher: Stacy Pershall

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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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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11:00am - 6:00pm Stacy Pershall 1 $175
10:00am - 5:00pm TBD 1 $175

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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 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 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 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 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 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

(517 Reviews)
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.
Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by Anika V. on 7/24/2017
Feel I really got my time and money's worth in this class. Taking classes in universities can sometimes feel stiff and also costs way more but Gotham feels more accessible and casual but still professional. I'm a copywriter for a living but was curious about what it would take to write a personal project: a memoir. This class was a good intro to all you need to know. Even it was a one day intensive, it didn't overwhelm either so I give props to the instructor for handling our time and the exchanges among students well. Would def recommend this!
Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by Lynn R. on 12/8/2016
on time. Ron is a very creative and positive teacher. I plan to take a class next year. Lynn Ritchie
Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by Edith Z. on 5/21/2016
I liked Cullen Thomas's teaching technique and ended up learning a lot during that one-day session. He systematically went through every important aspect of writing a memoir, which gave me the inspiration to get back to writing. I am thinking of signing up for a 10-week Memoir II session that it taught by him this summer or fall, although I already completed both Memoir I and II at Gotham last year.
Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by Maryanne S. on 4/11/2016
Class was fast moving and very informative .Instructor was friendly. I loved the I class exercises and left With a new confidence. EXCELLENT,

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