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with Emily Rapp Black
Online Class

Memoir 101: Writing About Your Life

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Class Overview

So, you want to write a memoir but you're not sure where to start? No worries, you don’t need to be an expert writer to tell your story in a compelling way. Author Emily Rapp Black shows you how to write a powerful memoir by identifying your five moments of great change. And, once the writing is done, find out how to get your memoir published!


  • beginner
  • 9 episodes
  • 1h2m

Included in this Class

1. Why Does Anyone Care About My Story?

1. Why Does Anyone Care About My Story?

Meet Emily Rapp, author of "Poster Child: A Memoir" and "The Still Point of the Turning World." Emily talks about why she writes memoirs and why you should, too. Learn the different types of true stories, discuss memoir versus autobiography, decide when you should write a memoir, and get a writing prompt for you to get started.

2. Managing Time in the Story

2. Managing Time in the Story

Find out where and how to start your story, how to choose the moments in your life to include, and how to manipulate time to increase the dramatic tension in your story.

3. Telling the Truth in Memoir

3. Telling the Truth in Memoir

Learn how to find the truth in your memoir, what to do if you can't remember everything, and how to be honest with yourself to create a better story. Try a writing prompt that will help you write hard scenes.