Memoir Boot Camp

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Marion Winik
Week 7: July 19 to July 24
ORIENTATION: July 19, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: July 20-24, 1-4pm
Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

After spending one session discussing brief manuscripts submitted in advance, the week is devoted to creating and workshopping new material using approaches that may be quite different than what you may have tried before. Class discussions will touch on persona, self-implication, ethics, formal matters, voice and prose style, the roles of imagination and research, the business of writing, and any other questions you have. There is a fair amount of reading and writing outside the three-hour class sessions. 


Please submit a free-standing essay of 1,500 words or less to by July 3.



Marion Winik is the author of The Big Book of the Dead, First Comes Love, Highs in the Low Fifties and seven other books. She writes an award-winning column at and has published in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun, and many other places. A board member of the National Book Critics Circle, she reviews for People, Newsday, The Washington Post, Kirkus, and her own podcast, The Weekly Reader. She was a commentator on NPR for fifteen years.