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Memoir Writing Level Two: Intermediate

Course Starts

September 19, 2023

Course Time (CST)

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Course Type


Course Ends

November 7, 2023

Course Cost



United States

This course about writing memoir and other personal or family stories is designed for people who took one of Marja Mills’s earlier workshops on the topic.  It’s also suitable for writers who don’t feel the need for the more basic memoir course. 

Memoir writing comes with big challenges and rewards and we’ll delve into both.  Always, the focus is on writing with clarity, substance and style, and putting the stories you tell in context.  We’ll build on lessons from the previous workshops, including ways to sharpen your description of people and places, to organize your material, and to express the emotional truths and personal observations that help give your work meaning. We’ll discuss the nature of memory and ways to put your story into the world, if you want, through a traditional publisher or self-publishing.  Half of each class is devoted to going over short, voluntary homework, usually a couple of paragraphs, with the instructor and classmates offering constructive comments.

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SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: There is one (1) scholarship available for this course. Students of need are encouraged to apply through our Scholarship Application page.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS COURSE? Visit our FAQ page or e-mail Digital Services Manager Matt Rezin.

DISCOUNT FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS: Members receive a 10% discount Member Rate on this course (discount applied during registration). Not an Academy member? Choose the "Member Rate + Membership" option during registration to receive your discount rate. Academy Members receive discounts on courses, contests, and ticketed events, as well as an annual subscription to Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.


Marja Mills is a journalist and bestselling author. She teaches and consults on writing projects.

Her memoir, The Mockingbird Next Door, was a New York Times bestseller. It tells the story of her friendship with Harper Lee and her sister Alice in their Alabama hometown. Mills was a news reporter and feature writer at...

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