Write your Life: A Memoir Workshop

“Write about small, self-contained incidents that are still vivid in your memory. If you remember them, it’s because they contain a larger truth that your readers will recognize in their own lives. Think small and you’ll wind up finding the big themes in your family saga. ”

~William Zinsser~

Join an evening  workshop!

Monday, April 15—6 to 8:30 PM

Cost per six-week session:  $175~pre-registration required

I believe that the writing craft is accessible to everyone who has the passion to fashion a story. I try to construct workshops that are affirming for anyone who wishes to write, for posterity or publication.  The power of the workshop process is the strength-based group interaction.  

The six-week session memoir workshop meets 2.5 hours each week. Participants learn a variety of craft techniques to help create chapters for a book length project or stand-alone narratives that are engaging and fun to read. We learn how to develop characters, including our own—the narrator/character—and practice using details to make stories vivid and universal.  

Participants complete weekly reading assignments and writing prompts.  Group members share writing with one another and learn how to provide strength-based peer feedback. At the conclusion of the workshop, each person will have written and revised at least two short compositions that they can refine to become stand-alone essays or as chapters in a full memoir.

Workshop group in discussionFor the workshop, we read and discuss memoir excerpts. Upon enrollment, participants will receive assignments per e-mail.


Kimberly Crum, MFA is a published writer and former college writing and literature instructor who loves teaching “ordinary” people who want to learn the writing craft and tell their stories.

To reserve your place in a workshop group, please contact Kimberly by phone at 502-417-3424 or E-mail  shapeandflow@gmail.com

I’d love to meet with you to discuss your writing goals. Once you request enrollment, I’ll send  an electronic invoice which you can pay by check or charge.

3 thoughts on “Write your Life: A Memoir Workshop

  1. Hello,

    I’m interested in the next 6-week Writing from Life: Memoir & Personal Essay workshop. Please let me know if the dates and times have been decided.

    Thank you, Gwen Kelly

    • Hello Gwendolyn,
      I have a memoir workshop beginning Monday, Feb. 9, if you are still interested! I have some returning members and new members. We’re diverse—26 years to 83 years, with a range of life experience that makes each story unique.

      Would love to have you join us! Yours, Kimberly Crum

    • I have two upcoming memoir/essay workshops upcoming. One will be Mondays at 10 AM to 12:30 beginning May 20. The other workshop will begin Monday, June 8 at 6 PM.

      There will be a public reading for the Shape & Flow writers on Thursday, June 4th at Mellwood (room tba)

      Would love for you to join us! Kim

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