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Datum - 23.10.2022
13:00 - 16:00
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Your Own Story: An Introduction to Memoir and Personal Essay Writing
A Zoom workshop led by Lisa Yarger

Cost: 35*

“Everyone has a story, the air is full of stories.” ~ Isabel Allende

People write memoirs and personal essays for all kinds of reasons: to tell their story, to entertain friends and family, to connect with strangers, to make sense of a slice of their life, to document a joyful experience, to work through a traumatic experience and release pain, to leave a record.

You don’t have to be a celebrity to write about yourself. In this workshop, we’ll explore different examples of memoir and personal essays. You’ll reflect on your own life experience and think about the stories you most want to tell. You’ll try out some playful writing exercises to help you begin to focus your story and craft your narrative voice.

No prior creative writing experience necessary. This workshop will be led in English, but you are welcome to join regardless of your first language. Participants are welcome to do the writing exercises in their native language.

Preparation for this workshop: After registering, you’ll be given a short piece of memoir and a short personal essay to read before we meet. (Total reading time: about 30 minutes.)

To register, send an email to Lisa at

Lisa Yarger is the author of the award-winning non-fiction book, Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship (University of North Carolina Press). She is married to Munich Readery proprietor John Browner.

* Reduced rate available for students supporting themselves, and in hardship cases.

Feedback from past participants:

“It gave me a new angle on writing about myself and lots of stimulation.”

“Despite the difficulties of being online, Lisa is good at fostering communication and learning. I like how she works to make sure all can speak.”

“I really liked the free-writing exercises. The prompts helped me stumble upon some themes and some influences in my life that I hadn’t really considered.”

“I like that it was a mixture of writing exercises, discussing very well curated readings, and guidance from Lisa. It was very well balanced and I liked that variety a lot.”