ONLINE Writing Workshop: Help your Memoir Move Forward (2428)

Three Sundays: January 14, 21, 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET Online

$180 per person (10% off for members)

Lecture and Discussion with Writing Exercises. This live class will be recorded and available for later viewing.

Memoir requires writers to unpack layer upon layer of stories, memories and feelings; to open themselves to insights about themselves as characters and as narrators; and to devise techniques for telling the story that they discover during the writing process. For this new class taught by one of Politics and Prose veteran teachers, Michaele Weissman has created a series of in-class exercises designed to help memoirists go beyond the usual limits of non-fiction writing. Exercises will help students recognize, comprehend, play with, and combine four essential elements of the memoir form: Story. Narrator. Language. Structure. Participants need not be actively working on a memoir, but experience writing or struggling to write first-person material in a creative fashion is desirable.  

By registering for this class, students agree they will follow these terms: 

  • Abide by our “Code of Conduct” while attending the class 

  • Will not share overtly obscene, hateful, or objectionable content. 

  • Will not share content that students do not have the rights to. 

Any work that perpetuates violence, inappropriate sexual conduct, racism, or negative stereotypes will not receive edits by the instructor or be circulated in the class.  

Code of Conduct:

Politics and Prose Bookstore is devoted to cultivating community and strengthening the common good through books, author talks, literary programs, and respectful dialogue. We strive to foster a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or ability. In that spirit, we ask everyone in this shared, communal space to treat each other equally, fairly, and thoughtfully; honor different voices, life experiences, and points of view; and celebrate the diversity that makes our community richer and stronger. Hate, discrimination, and disrespect have no place at P&P; kindness, patience, and tolerance always do. 

Three Sundays: January 14, 21, 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET Online

Suggested Reading: 

Michaele Weissman, “The Rye Bread Marriage,” (9781643752693)

Kathleen Schulz, “Lost & Found” (9780525512462)

Michaele Weissman is a freelance writer and the author four books including memoir, The Rye Bread Marriage, published by Algonquin in August, 2023. Her coffee narrative, God in a Cup, for which she followed three young coffee buyers around the world, is considered a must read for coffee lovers and coffee professionals. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and scores of other prestigious print and online publications. ( This class on writing memoir grew out of an essay she wrote: Her website:

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

SKU: 9787000012943
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The Rye Bread Marriage: How I Found Happiness with a Partner I’ll Never Understand By Michaele Weissman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643752693
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Algonquin Books - August 15th, 2023

Lost & Found: A Memoir By Kathryn Schulz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525512462
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Random House - January 11th, 2022