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From Memory to Story with Molly Wizenberg (Online Learning – Six Sessions)

  • November 1, 2022
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • November 4, 2022
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • November 8, 2022
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • November 11, 2022
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • November 15, 2022
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • November 18, 2022
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Online Learning Class

In this class for creative nonfiction writers, we will practice tapping into our memories, rebuilding scenes from the past, and writing vividly from within them.

Writing about our own lives might sound simple; you’ve lived it, and now you’ll just write it down. But the work of a writer is not just to recount what we remember. Our job is to evoke our experiences in words, so that another person might feel what it was like — and so that we might understand why it was important, why we remember what we do.

In this small-group online workshop, Molly Wizenberg will share an approach she’s used time and again in her own writing. We will begin with a single image — the slant of a stranger’s nose, the way a lover tied her shoes, the thing your father always said — and through the act of writing, we will travel back to inhabit the old scene again, get curious and poke around, ask questions of ourselves, and search for meaning in the raw material of our lives.

Alongside writing exercises and assignments, we will also read and discuss short readings from a broad swath of writers, from Jenny Erpenbeck to M. F. K. Fisher, Francis Lam, Joan Didion, Ryan Van Meter, and poet Sharon Olds. Participants will share some of the work they produce and will receive constructive feedback from the instructor and the group. No experience is necessary, and all skill levels are welcome. In fact, this workshop is for anyone with access to the Internet and a curiosity about your own life, whether or not you call yourself a ‘writer.’

This course is strictly limited to 12 students.

Molly Wizenberg ( Molly Wizenberg is the bestselling author of three memoirs: The Fixed Stars, A Homemade Life, and Delancey. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Lit Hub, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. From 2004 to 2019, she wrote the James Beard Award-winning blog Orangette. Molly lives in Seattle and teaches writing around the world.

NOTE: This is classified as a “Special Guest” workshop. We advise you to read the “Special Guest Refund Policy” HERE before enrolling.

A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

Six Sessions
Dates: Tuesdays and Fridays, November 1-18, 9-11 am PST
Enrollment Limit: 12 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
Tuition: $675


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