Memoir Writing Workshop

Georgetown Library

Memoir Writing Workshop

Chloe Yelena MillerPlease join writer and writing teacher Chloe Yelena Miller for a memoir writing workshop on Sunday, March 9, 2–4 p.m.

In the workshop, Ms. Miller will teach you how to craft a scene. Since each scene should have a location, characters and plot, scenes will help you to build your memoir. You will focus on avoiding summary and, instead, placing the reader in a particular moment. There will be some in-class writing in response to prompts. You will have a chance to discuss your work and, if applicable, larger projects. Please bring pens and paper, or a charged laptop.

A memoir focuses on a particular moment or connected moments in a life that changed a person. This is different from an autobiography, which spans an entire life of a (usually) public person. Your memoir could be about a sliver of your life that was momentous in some way to you, such as choices you made, a life-changing event, someone who influenced you, etc. A memoir could begin anywhere, and move around in space and time, aiming for personal and emotional truths. Knowing that memoir uses tools from fiction will give you the freedom to experiment with your form and writing.

Chloe Yelena Miller is a published poet and freelance writer with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in N.Y. She is the author of Unrest, a poetry collection published by Finishing Line Press. Ms. Miller teaches writing at Politics & Prose Bookstore and online at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She also works privately as a writing coach. Additional information about her can be found at Ms. Miller's professional blog.

This is the first part of a series of writing workshops offered in March. There will be a Creative Nonfiction workshop on Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m. and a Two-Part Fiction Writing Workshop on Sunday, March 23 and Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m.

Please call or email Jay at 202-727-0232 / georgetownlibrary@dc.gov to register.