Starting Your Memoir

Reading a memoir satisfies our innate curiosity, peering into someone else’s unique world. Writing a memoir, however, taps into something deeper: the desire to be heard and understood. The memoir form is so popular because it offers a creative outlet for this desire. Memoirs give us a compelling, artful way to share our stories with others, to make sense of the complicated world around us, and to help us define who we are, at least for a fleeting moment.

If you’ve experienced the desire to tell stories about your life–someone who has thought about “writing it all down someday”–but you weren’t sure where to start, this introductory-level course can help. Through four sessions, you will learn practical techniques to take the first steps in getting your stories down on the page. With those tools in mind, you will have a foundation to continue your writing long after you’ve completed the course, and when you’re ready, to share your stories with a larger audience.

The course instructor is Lynn Magovern, writing coach and freelance editor. Lynn works with her clients on a variety of writing projects, from novels to college essays. Her B.A. in English and M.A.T. in English education served as the foundation for eighteen years of teaching English and three years as a college counselor. She loves helping others reach their writing goals, no matter the project, and discussing anything from the role of a major character to the effect of a mark of punctuation. More information can be found on her website:

Time: Tuesdays, beginning January 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School
Cost: $100 for all four classes

Sign Up