This workshop will teach you how to identify the most compelling parts of your personal story and organize them by era, theme, and/or subject into chapters for a full-length book. We’ll focus on the creation of vivid scenes and characters, create a plot based on narrative arc, and discuss the ethics involved in writing about the people in our lives. You’ll complete the class with a solid sense of how to map out and write your book-length memoir, chapter-by-chapter, with an eye for telling a creative and compelling life-story that will engage, inform, and entertain your readers.

6 Wednesdays: April 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24

6:00-8:00 pm

Wordcrafters Workshop, 438 Charnelton, Suite 102, Eugene

Cost: $247

The workshop will include: weekly readings, in-class and out-of-class writing, and group workshop and discussion in a supportive and inspiring environment.



Melissa Hart is the author of the memoirs Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family, and Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood. She’s a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine. Website: