Memoir II:

Character, Dialogue & Scene

Class Information


First class is Saturday, March 9, 2024


12 PM – 2:15 PM


Six Sessions

Saturdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 4/13, 4/20 & 4/27


Zoom (Live)






Marni &


Group Description

Note: Though this class is offered as part of the Certificate in Memoir Writingthere is no pre-requisite to join this class. All students, members, and nonmembers are encouraged to enroll.


In this workshop, participants will deepen their character work and learn how to craft a compelling memoir scene complete with description, details and dialogue that will bring the written word to life. A deeper understanding of the two voices of memoir will be explored; the voice of innocence and the voice of experience.


Participants will gain a strong understanding of how and when to create real, conversational dialogue and utilize flashbacks. Tools to communicate clarity of character will be taught to bring the people in the story to life for the reader.


Participants will be encouraged to submit another chapter of their work for peer review. (Those following the certificate program will have 3-5 chapters written by the end of this class.)


Class structure: Except for the first class, the first hour will be lecture and the second hour will be read and critique where participants can workshop their material or class assignments.


Tone of class: We strive to create a supportive, nurturing environment where participants feel encouraged to share, risk and connect to their most creative self.


Our textbook, 7 Essential Writing Tools, is available for purchase on the first day of class for $10 or on Amazon/Kindle.


Note: There will be no class on March 31 (Easter Weekend) or April 6 (San Diego Writers Festival)! 

Certificate Discount

If you buy all five of the workshops in the certificate separately, the total cost amounts to $1,296. If you purchase all five of them as a package, you will receive a 20% discount and will only pay a total of $1,036. This discount is only good for members.


Please note that if you enroll in the full certificate, you will automatically receive the individual course links throughout the year. If you do not plan to take all courses within the year, please contact us to ensure that a course credit is applied to your account.


Please note that you will receive your Zoom link via email 24 hours before the start of this class. If you enroll in this class less than 24 hours before it begins, please either send us a message or email us at to request your link.


Please be advised that it is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that it does not get canceled or rescheduled. Policies regarding registration, refunds, cancellations, etc. can be found on our policies page. If you would like to provide feedback regarding this class, please feel free to complete an evaluation form.