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Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
555 8th Ave Ste 1402
Between W 37th & W 38th Streets
New York, New York 10018
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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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If you need to withdraw from class, here are your options:

For Everything (except one-session classes/events)
For a refund or credit, you need to send an email to [email protected] two business days or more before your class starts. You can either choose to hold a full store credit with us good on other classes for a year 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-Session Classes and Events (Write-Ins/One-day Intensives) 

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 withdraw two hours or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full credit toward another class of the same price. (You can only reschedule once.) 

A few more things:

Simply not attending class or notifying the instructor does not mean you've officially withdrawn. Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road. 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 store 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.


Gotham is an adult creative writing school, so our students sometimes have to miss class because of work or family obligations. Because that’s such a frequent occurrence, we aren’t able to offer any makeup classes. But students can certainly ask the teacher if there were any handouts for the class they missed. 


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Hello, who is teaching Sept 14th intensive?
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Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop

(492 Reviews)
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,
Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by Dawn L. on 3/15/2016
Great class great teacher. Very informative and inspiring!

School: Gotham Writers' Workshop

Gotham Writers' Workshop

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