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8-Week Introduction to Memoir

Class Begins Thursday, October 10, 2019

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$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 / October 10, 2019 - December 5, 2019

  • Note: Class does not meet Thanksgiving week

  • 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 is the Director of Writing Programs at Writing Workshops Detroit. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Purdue University and is the former writer-in-residence of the Hub City Writers Project. Kelsey 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.


Student Testimonials

“I recently took the 8-week Intro to Memoir workshop with Kelsey Ronan. My experience was productive, instructive and wholly worthwhile. Kelsey was interested, engaged and clearly prepared for every session. She provided reading assignments, in-class writing prompts and two workshop sessions for each student, along with written critique. The critiques were insightful and thorough. I highly recommend Kelsey and encourage anyone seeking guidance and inspiration to take a class!”

“Kelsey was a wonderful facilitator and was extraordinary at giving feedback. Her positive and honest assessments were very helpful. Highly recommend!!”

“I really enjoyed the fiction workshop with Kelsey Ronan. The class bred great discussions and also helped me better identify my work and who I am as an artist. Thanks to the encouragement and new knowledge, I was able to walk away with the start of several stories. Fantastic experience!”

“This past class with Kelsey was extremely valuable to me. I finally started a writing path that I had not been able to get started on my own. Kelsey was a wonderful, informative, compassionate instructor that took the stress out of writing. I am looking forward to the next round!”

“I've taken the eight-week workshop and the one-day setting seminar with TM De Vos and Kelsey Ronan. Both were excellent workshop instructors. I enjoyed the small, focused setting to hone my craft and support other writers.”