Writers over 50 will broaden their mastery of the memoir form and discover new ways to present the facts of their lives.

Writing a memoir after the age of 50 can be a great way to take stock, whether you’re writing to get published, leave a record for your friends and family, or simply clarify the past for your own edification.

Unlike novels, short stories and poems, the memoir requires a writer to stick to the truth, the actual sequence of events as they happened, the hard facts and figures of their lives. But memoir writers, just like the authors of those more freewheeling genres, still need a strong narrator and compelling narrative technique.

This six-week online workshop is open to all writers over the age of 50 who are interested in writing their memoir. Each week we’ll do close readings of memoirs written by writers over 50, spanning a wide range of narrators and narrative approaches. Then you’ll try these narrative approaches with your own material, broadening your mastery of the memoir form and discovering new ways to present the facts of your life.


Writers Studio Teacher

Sally McElwain

Her recent work has been anthologized in the “Hair” issue of Dorothy Parker’s Ashes; her essay, “Fingertips Part 3, With Thanks to Stevie Wonder,” about teaching yoga to the blind is in The Art of Touch, University of Georgia Press, (November 2023) and recorded for Second Hand Stories and the Poet’s Pandemic Podcast #8. 

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