Advanced Memoir Writing - Online Workshop with Alexandra Soiseth

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 until Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Online Course
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
United States

Instructor: Alexandra Soiseth
11 sessions, $880
No class weeks of:

November 19 
December 24 
December 31 


Please note: You must submit a 5-page writing sample to be considered for enrollment in this class. Please email sample pages to writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu before completing registration.

Once you've mastered the essential skills of telling your story (turning yourself into a character, writing with clarity, understanding that you're reaching for meaning not just depicting events), it is time to get a draft of your story written. 

In this class you will be asked to focus on the writing: scene after scene, page after page. 

Each week we will workshop your pieces (10 double-spaced pages, maximum, per student per week) to help guide and focus you in tell your story. In addition there will be assigned readings of craft essays as well as published memoir excerpts to be read during the week and discussed at the beginning of each class. Finally, I will meet weekly with each student for 1/2 hour conferences to provide individualized guidance and/or assignments. 

Alexandra Soiseth has been teaching personal writing and memoir for over 15 years. She is the author of the memoir Choosing You, published by Seal Press in 2008. She is the recipient of a Canada Arts Council grant, an Ontario Arts Council grant, and is the former managing editor of and communications director for Global City Review, a New York City based literary magazine. Her work has appeared on babycenter.comliterarymama.com, and in McGill Street Magazine, The Ryersonian, and on the radio program LifeRattle, among others. 

Writing Institute Registration Process:

Step 1 - Registration Information: Complete this registration form in full.

Step 2 - Payment: Once you click submit on this form, a new page will appear in your browser with a payment link. Click on the payment link, complete the required information, and submit your payment. 

Payment is required for your registration to be confirmed. If we don’t receive your payment within 48 hours of submission of this form, your registration will automatically be cancelled. You will have to complete the form again if you wish to register for the class.

Step 3 - Confirmation: Once we receive your payment, your registration will be finalized and confirmed with an email. Please keep this email for your records.  Details about room assignment, parking, and any other information relevant to the course will be emailed to registered students the week before classes begin.

If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-395-2205 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.