August 6 – September 17th
Has your life been altered by the trauma of sexual violence? Could your testimony inspire people to act? Are you ready to begin telling your story?
Studies show that writing about thoughts and feelings that arise from a traumatic or stressful life experience help people develop meaning to, cope with, and move beyond the emotional fallout of such events. Also, by writing our stories and sharing them with the community we become effective catalysts for social justice and change. Your story has tremendous power to help people.
Empower yourself by write through trauma and tell your survivor story, or further develop the story you have already written.
In this intimate six-week workshop, open to beginners and experienced writers, you will tackle various aspects of the subject you’ve always wanted to–but were afraid to write about or perhaps you simply did not find the right workshop until now. Through examples of well written trauma in memoir, you will find the courage, techniques, and support to write through the trauma and tell your story, build community, and create social change.
A survivor-leader herself, Mary McBeth, writer, editor, and founder of Memoir Magazine, will be your coach and guide through this process. Trauma-sensitive at all times, this memoir writing workshop is totally unique in a number of ways:
- Using pseudonyms, all participants will remain anonymous to each other, removing the most common inhibitor to honest writing and to telling your deepest truth;
- a writing workshop that addresses the often overlooked emotional aspects of memoir writing, as well as the elements of craft;
- a workshop where everyone is supportive and open to hearing your story with our judgement, committed to helping you develop your voice and finding the best ways to get your story out in front of readers.
- Each class focuses on feedback as the main source of developing your work. There will be lectures and suggested reading, and every week, participants submit 1,000 words of writing for detailed feedback by the group and/or the instructor.This is a powerfully transformative process showing you how your story affects others and in the process helps you find and accept your own truth.
Join me and I’ll show you how to:
Overcome negativity that silences you. Become comfortable with writing & sharing painful facts and emotional truths
Find your voice as a writer
Become comfortable with writing & sharing painful facts and emotional truths
Master the memoir writing craft with personalized weekly lessons—no matter where you are in your writing journey
Stop second guessing yourself and develop an rock solid belief in your writing
Develop a permanent productive writing habit– even if you struggle with procrastination or lack of time.
Open to Writers of All Levels.
Course Dates: August 6 – September 17th
Mary McBeth is a writer, editor, and Sexual Assault Awareness advocate. The founding editor of Memoir Magazine, and the creator of The #MeToo Essay Award, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Argot Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, *82 Review, Awakened Voices, and various others. To date, Mrs McBeth speaks 4 languages and has lived and worked in more than 220 cities, in 23 countries. She spent 12 years in Italy as a fashion model, the subject of her current memoir-in-process, entitled, Perfect.
First, you must complete the Workshop Request information and payment process at our shop.
You will receive an automatic confirmation of your order.
Your workshop instructor will e-mail you to introduce themselves within 3-4 business days about the workshop starting information and instructions for accessing the learning platform.
Thank you for your wonderful weigh-in on my piece. You won’t believe how thrilled I am to finally get some guidance on it! I’ve shopped it around for a couple of years now and have gotten a lot of, “It’s great, but not for us.” Your comments opened my eyes about it and I’m going to use your suggestions to overhaul it and re-submit. And your instinct was correct. It was a longer piece that I cut down. –Hilarie P
Wow is all I have at the moment. I read your email about five minutes after its arrival but had to gather my thoughts before responding. Two of these pieces have gone through so many iterations (including possible incineration) that I think I submitted them in a brain fog. Thanks again for all of your amazing feedback; I’m still reeling from it. -S.
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There is a cancellation fee of 15% included in each registration. Memoir Magazine will not issue a refund if a cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the class start time.
Memoir Magazine University cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.
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