Two for one Sale. Woo Hoo!
Taking both of my classes costs a total of $1150.My basic memoir-writing course sells for $575. My advanced course costs the same amount. People who have taken my classes include newspaper columnists, TV news anchors, and people who work at publishing houses and big-name magazines. Without coming out and naming anyone personally, I will just say Entertainment Weekly, Outside Magazine, Simon & Schuster, Seal Press, Wiley, NBC and the New York Times.
For a limited time, take both of these classes for $80. The only difference is that these classes are self-directed, meaning you won't get feedback on your assignments. But you'll get all the videos and lectures from both of these classes, a total of 16 lectures and 15 videos, packed full of all the information you need to write an amazing memoir.
I hate it when I get vague advice on my writing such as "You need to tell the story more slowly" or "You need to put me there with you more" or worst of all: "The story isn't quite working for me." What does any of this mean?
My way of teaching memoir writing is to guide you step by step so that you understand the principles of what it takes to write a great memoir.
Worried about structure? It begins by learning how to connect your scenes.
Confused about what makes for great prose? Be subjective and put us inside your head.
Want to know how to create a book filled with suspense? Give us a narrative want or make sure that something is at stake.
Hope to create memorable characters? Disregard conventional advice to make them three-dimensional.
In both of my self-guided courses, you'll receive a lecture and video each week plus an assignment to complete. The only way this differs from my $575 basic course is that you won't receive weekly feedback from me.
Writers who have taken my classes have subsequently gotten representation from top literary agencies including Foundry, Solow Literary, Dystel & Goderich, International Creative Management (ICM), Levine Greenberg Rostan, and Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency.
ESSENTIALS OF MEMOIR WRITING
Week One: Your Book's Premise
Figure out what your memoir is about and be sure it includes a narrative search.
Week Two: Your Narrative Voice
An effective narrative voice is subjective and puts us inside the narrator's head.
Week Three: Characters
The key to creating effective characters is to make them one-dimensional. At least, at first.
Week Four: Setting
The rules for setting are the same as those for creating effective prose in general: Create a single sensation and be subjective.
Week Five: Using Causality to Structure Your Chapters
The goal of structure is to make your memoir read like a novel. Using causality is the best way to accomplish this.
Week Six: Writing Chapter One
The beginning of your book must set up your overriding premise.
Week Seven: Other Ways of Structuring your Chapters
When you don't have causality, there are a few other tricks for linking your scenes together.
Week Eight: The Global Structure for Your Book
Most books use a three-act structure. But this mostly just means that your narrative want needs to evolve along the way.
"Wendy is the best instructor I've had, bar none. She continually pushes you and never lets you settle for good enough. She is knowledgeable, patient, helpful, and has an excellent sense of humor! I would take a class again with her anytime." - Sandra Carpenter
"Wendy is phenomenal! I've taken dozens of writing courses and completed an MFA in creative writing. Never have I received such useful instruction. I'm happy that I'll be starting her advanced course next week." - Mary Rowland
"Wendy exceeded my expectations. I was stunned by how much practical information I learned and by how much I grew as a writer. The class was, in a word, invaluable!" - Carly Van Thomme
"Wendy encourages her students to dig deeper -- and the results show. I highly recommend her. She is insightful, conscientious, and supportive. I couldn't ask for more." - Michele Meek
"I was fortunate to work with Wendy during the early stages of my memoir when I was struggling when I lacked the confidence to continue. She helped me immeasurably by guiding me through the writing process with insight and kindness. Thanks to Wendy, I went on to complete my memoir and find a publisher." - Jill Stegman
advanced memoir writing
Week One: Scenes Are Your Building Blocks
Without scenes, you don't have plot. Make sure each of your scenes gives us a sense of time and place and includes and event.
Week Two: Connecting Your Scenes to Create Chapter Structure
Sometimes, using a mix of causality and a premise combined work to create the structure in your chapter.
Week Three: How to Use a Thread
A thread can work to connect the scenes in your chapter. Though use this option sparingly.
Week Four: Act I of Your Memoir
Define the first few chapters of your memoir and make sure that they all have the same overriding external want.
Week Five: More Tips on Using Scenes
Any time something happens in your book, you have to give us a scene. Sounds simple but this is one of the most common problems I find in my students' memoirs.
Week Six: Memoir is an Emotional Journey
Learn how to write about tough topics such as love, sex and emotional pain.
Week Seven: Advanced Tips on Writing Great Prose
Make sure your book doesn't read like a cheap romance novel.
Week Eight: Ending Your Book
You don't always have to have a happy ending. But you do need a fulfilling ending. Doing this often means intersecting your internal search with your external search at the end of your book.