Editing the Memoir 301 GROUP COURSE


Memoir writing and reading is on the rise. According to Publisher’s Weekly, the memoir genre garners a major chunk of nonfiction sales. Memoir focuses on the writer’s (the protagonist’s) experience, accomplishment, or time of life, telling his or her story with a narrative arc. Memoir is gritty and gutsy, funny and fascinating, self-critical and self-reflective, a unique genre that invites readers to peer into the memoirist’s struggle to draw meaning from accomplishments and create transformation for his or her life.

To achieve this requires skill, honesty, great storytelling, stellar writing, and, above all, knowledgeable editing. In four fully packed lessons, this course takes the approach of a developmental edit to teach editors the dynamics of the memoir and then how to build it from an idea to a fresh work agents and readers are looking for.

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Instructor: Erin K. Brown

Format: This is the Group Course format, which includes an online discussion board and instructor feedback. This course will be conducted via Google Groups.

Prerequisites: Minimum three years experience editing nonfiction; Nonfiction Editing 201 and 301 are highly recommended

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Base price: $120 (members of The Christian PEN receive discounts)

Course length: This course is 4 lessons; it runs from November 7 to December 12, 2022.

Deadline to register: November 13, 2022

Course Outline: Click to download

Certificate of Completion: Upon completion of this course, students will earn a course certificate.

(Note: Refunds will not be given for this Group Course after November 4, 2022.)


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