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Intermediate/Advanced Memoir Writing

Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Begins March 28, 2024
Carol Leonetti Dannhauser
Seven weeks, $395 (Limited to six students)

In this workshop, you will take your memoir-writing to the next level, learning how to best present, revise and strengthen your personal story. We will address all elements of personal non-fiction, with an emphasis on shorter (non-book-length) pieces: personal essays, lyrical essays, memoir, first-person narrative and more, doing all that we can to understand the different forms and to help your story sing.

This is a hands-on, engaged workshop. Writers will share work each week and will be encouraged to provide feedback. The aim of this workshop is to strengthen, polish and finish pieces with a goal of publication.

Note: You must have the instructor’s approval prior to joining this class, and you should be well-read in the memoir genre. (Memoir writers new to the table are welcome to enroll in Writing Your Memoir, Level One).

Maximum six students.

Carol Leonetti Dannhauser is a journalist and editor who specializes in telling non-fiction stories and whose workshop students’ memoirs have earned national acclaim, including Best Beach Read, the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Readers’ Favorite Five-Star Award, USA Best Book Awards, American Medical Writers Award, Indie Excellent Finalist Book Award, Best Self-Help/Indie Award and more.

Carol’s work appears in print, online and on television. She has written for national publications including the New York Times; produced documentaries for PBS and National Geographic; and was recognized by the Obama White House for her online magazine work. She is the author of four non-fiction books; has been nominated for three Emmys; and has a closet full of awards for her magazine, television and newspaper stories, as well as her flash fiction and photography.

Carol was selected as a Master Teaching Artist (Writing) by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and founded the Writers’ Workshop of Fairfield in 2001. She holds two bachelors’ degrees from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in journalism from Columbia University.

This workshop can be taken in-person at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio in Fairfield, CT, or on Zoom. Your choice!

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