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8-Week Introduction to Memoir

Class Begins Thursday, April 11, 2019


$415 New Student | $390 Returning

Many of us have a story about ourselves-- our homes, our families--that we're burning to explore; those "moments big as years" Keats wrote of that we often return to, compelled to share. In this class, writers will work on long-form projects exploring their experiences, whether sculpting the first draft of a memoir, digging into a revision, or developing a linked collection of personal essays. Topics will include developing- and maintaining- a writing practice, striking the balance of scene and summary, and developing a vivid and authentic voice. 

Each week, we will discuss the assigned readings and each other’s work. Students will have two opportunities to have their work critiqued, and they will receive written feedback from the instructor as well as their classmates. No prior creative writing study or workshop experience is required, but courage is highly recommended. 

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr.

  • Kelsey Ronan, Instructor

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • Meets Thursdays 7:00PM to 9:00PM / April 11, 2019 to May 30, 2019

  • Class meets at Bamboo Detroit at 1420 Washington Blvd #301, Detroit, MI 48226

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

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Instructor Kelsey Ronan holds an MFA in creative writing from Purdue University and is the former writer-in-residence of the Hub City Writers Project. She grew up in Flint, Michigan and lives in Detroit. Her stories and essays have appeared in many magazines and literary journals, including Michigan Quarterly Review, New Ohio ReviewUtne ReaderKenyon ReviewBelt MagazineIndiana Review, and others. Her essay on the Flint Water Crisis, "Blood and Water," was honored as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2017, and she was the winner of New Ohio Review's 2018 Nonfiction Contest, judged by Roxane Gay. She recently completed a collection of linked short stories set in Flint, and is working on a memoir.