Writing Workshops

Narrative Memoir Workshop (1890) @Politics & Prose Bookstore

Five Mondays. Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Price: 
$175 (10% Off for Members)
Memoir, like all creative non-fiction, relies on literary craft tools such as scene and plot to mold a clear storyline and develop characters. 
This five-meeting workshop will help you to write your memories into scenes for essays or chapters of a full manuscript. Participants will respond to writing prompts and workshop one essay or manuscript excerpt (up to 750 words.) We will consider issues of editing, revising, organizing research and chapters, and publishing. Students will receive feedback from peers and the instructor during group workshop sessions throughout the last four classes.  
This class is open to all levels, from first-time memoirists to experienced writers.
In-class writing prompts will change every session; you are welcome to take this class more than once.
No homework is due for the first day of class. Please bring paper and a pen (or charged laptop) to every class. You will be writing in-class and at home starting with the first session.
We will rely on email for communication and distribution of student writing after the first week.
To participate fully in the class, it is necessary to have an email account that you check regularly. 

Required Reading: 
Current issue of Creative Nonfiction (https://www.creativenonfiction.org/issue)

Recommended Reading:
The Art of the Personal Essay, ed. by Phillip Lopate
Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoirby Beth Kephart
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King
Chloe Yelena Miller has been teaching writing privately and at the college level since 2005, when she received her MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry chapbook, Unrest, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her writing has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Poet’s Market, Inside Higher Ed, The Cortland Review, and Narrative, and others. Read sample publications and writing advice here: http://chloeyelenamiller.com

Please register through the bookstore.

If you are interested in individual or small-group writing coaching, click here for more information. 






Previous classes that will be offered again:

I taught a Spring 2017 Memoir Writing Workshop at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.:

MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP: WRITE YOUR MEMORIES INTO STORY
Five Tuesdays: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 10 a.m. to noon


I offered workshops to these communities in 2017:

Georgetown University's Creative Spark Session for faculty and staff
Write: Lunch
Friday, January 27, noon

River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Write Our Voice: Generative Writing Workshop taught with social worker Danielle Foote
February 25, 2 pm

Sarah Lawrence College Alums in the Washington, D.C. area
Memoir Writing: Start With a Scene (Alums can register by clicking through here.)
February 26, 2-3:30 pm

PUBLISHING YOUR MEMOIR: SUBMITTING TO JOURNALS, PRESSES AND AGENTS (1690) 
Co-taught with literary agent and writer Cynthia Kane
Tuesday, October 4, 2 – 4 p.m.


MEMOIR WRITING: LEGAL, ETHICAL, AND MORAL CONCERNS (1689)
co-taught with with memoirist and law professor Martha Ertman
Tuesday, November 1, 1 to 3 p.m.