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In this six session course, you will learn how to translate personal experience and research into effective memoir. We will strive to understand the components of an effective “memoir” by reading a variety of work, and generating our own content each week. We will use prompts to invigorate both right and left brain memories and ideas, incorporate research, understand when to use invention, juxtaposition, patterning, and more. Through reading and discussing outside examples, we’ll understand a variety of approaches for both our current memoir projects and future lives as a writer. At the end of the course, each writer will have a lot of new material ready to be shaped into a larger project. 

Class meets Wednesday evenings April 10-May 15, 6:30-8:30pm.

Cost: $250 if you register before March 30, 2019, $275 after.  

To register by check instead of via Eventbrite, mail your check to Flatiron Writers Room, LLC, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC  28806. You will be registered when we receive your payment, space permitting.

Please read your Eventbrite registration confirmation email for information about location, parking, and what to bring. .

TESSA FONTAINE is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, an Amazon Editors' Best of the Month featured debut & Best Books of 2018 (so far), an iBooks favorite, and more. Other work can be found in Glamour, LitHub, The Believer, FSG's Works in Progress, Creative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, DIAGRAM, and [PANK]. Raised outside San Francisco, she has an MFA from the University of Alabama and is currently a doctoral student in creative writing at the University of Utah. She won the AWP Intro Award in Nonfiction, and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Taft Nicholson Center, Writing by Writers, and Squaw Valley Community of Writers. In addition to teaching for the New York Times summer journeys and at the Universities of Alabama and Utah, she has also taught for five years in prisons in Alabama and Utah. READ THE NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW OF TESSA'S MEMOIR HERE.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 5 p.m. one week before the first class session starts via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at] for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made. 

If a class session is cancelled due to weather or other reasons, the makeup date will be May 22, 2019.

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