Memoir Breakthrough Online Weekend Workshop

Working on a memoir? Contemplating a memoir? This weekend (in the comfort of your own home) is for you!

Memoir writers face the problems that all writers face. They face certain special problems as well. These special problems make beginning, working on, and completing a memoir unusually challenging. This weekend will help!

If you aren’t aware of these special problems, there’s a good chance that you won’t get your memoir written. I’ve worked with countless clients who’ve come to me unhappy with their progress on their memoir who then make excellent progress once they understand—and address—these special problems.

What are these special problems? Among them are the following:

  • You’ve lived your life chronologically. But is that the best way to present your memoir? Is that the most psychologically interesting or dramatically powerful approach? And if that ISN’T the best way, what IS? What is the best organizational scheme for your memoir? We’ll address this!
  • You have a story to tell. But does it feel SAFE to tell your story? If it doesn’t, you may have only intellectual permission to write your memoir and not visceral permission. There’s a huge difference between announcing, “I don’t care if my memoir upsets anyone!” and actually believing that in your heart and in your body. We’ll address this!
  • Yes, it could be a memoir. But it could also be a novel. And if it were a novel, that would take care of some of the issues around upsetting friends and family. But isn’t memoir more honest, more authentic, and more personal—and more personally satisfying? Many writers get stuck right here, on the horns of this particular dilemma: memoir or novel, novel or memoir? We’ll address this!
  • You have a story to tell. But it hasn’t ENDED yet. Can you write your story if you are still living your story? This Catch-22 can derail your memoir. We’ll address this too!

And much more!

What You Will Need

  • Internet connection and email capability

What You Won’t Need

  • You don’t need to have started your memoir yet. In fact, this is a great way to begin!
  • You don’t need to be at any particular stage of the memoir process. This workshop is for memoir writers at every stage and every level. Whether you have just a few ideas jotted down, tons of notes, many chapters done, or are approaching the finish line, this workshop will serve you.

What Won’t Happen

  • There will be no sharing or critiquing of what you’ve written. That’s a feature of my workshops that writers really appreciate. It makes for an especially safe and productive environment.

This and That

  • Get dressed or write in your pajamas. You will be at home!
  • You do not need to connect via Zoom, Skype, or in any similar way. The workshop is email-based.
  • If you’ve ever wanted to lead an online workshop, see how this model works!
  • This is a great chance to work with me without having to make the large commitment that attending a live workshop requires.

Can’t wait to see you aboard!


“Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend full of inspiration. This online writing course is so amazing. It is impeccably structured and filled with excellent information about writing a memoir. I feel like I am in a real classroom—and it’s better than a real classroom because I’m in the comfort of my own home. I get the same excellent instructions and now I have my basic story completely handwritten. It’s been so easy to do because of the guidelines you sent!”—Tina McCoy

“This weekend exceeded my expectations. I took the workshop as an experiment to help spark ideas for my fiction writing. I had almost no interest in writing a memoir. Wow, I had no idea how much writing I would get done! Memories kept coming, details kept sharpening. I was looking for my next writing project—and now I’ve found it!”—Scott Malyszka

“This was a wonderful workshop.  I had no idea that it would address exactly the ‘issues’ or blocks that I’ve been needing guidance with—but it did. Thank you for putting together such a well-organized and thought-provoking weekend.”—Diane Cheseldine

“I will turn 79 this week and have been thinking, and talking, about writing a memoir for at least 40 years. I was so glad to discover that I could take your memoir workshop online and for much less money that a trip to a conference center.  This weekend has been a very positive experience and I feel that I’m now much more motivated to write about my experiences. Thank you so much for this weekend. I intend to continue writing and taking another workshop with you.”—Jim Markham

“Thank you VERY MUCH for including me in the memoir workshop this weekend.  I thoroughly enjoyed it. I even wrote about why I felt so moved and motivated during one of our breaks this weekend. It was because YOU were there for us, being supportive, encouraging, and caring. Your technique is the first one I’ve encountered as a writing student that’s actually worked. It got me to focus, to think, and, most importantly, to write. Congratulations to us both!”—Phyll Perry


This is an email-based workshop that you take in the comfort of your own home. I will guide you throughout the weekend, answer your questions, and help you move forward with your memoir!

Upcoming Dates

Later this year, this weekend workshop will become a self-paced program perfectly suited to every schedule. Look out for it!

Please sign up now. This workshop is special and will serve you well!


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