Memoir IV:

Voice, Transitions & Symbolism

Class Information


First class is Saturday, June 22, 2024


12 PM – 2:15 PM


Six Sessions

Saturdays, 6/22, 6/29, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 & 8/3


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.


Agents often share that what makes a memoir stand out in the marketplace is a strong author’s voice. In this workshop we will uncover the soul of the writing with fun and interactive voice techniques to make the storytelling as dynamic as possible.


Students will also learn how to craft smooth transitions as well as how to enter and exit a chapter or scene. Participants will gain a better understanding how to create a seamless text that takes the reader between past memories (flashbacks) and present-day experiences and observations.


We will work on bringing the theme of the piece to life so that the manuscript will resonate with universal meaning. Symbolism will also be explored as a way to deepen the writing and flesh out the theme of your book.


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 is no class on July 6!

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.