This 8 Week Overview Course runs regularly in two parts each four weeks long.
It explains – step by step – what it takes to write, and publish, a book your readers will love. Bring all your questions and concerns about memoir writing, publicity and everything else as you consider making a commitment to this goal. Learn from my mistakes. Be as knowledgeable as you can. The publishing world is changing daily.
I offer this course via Zoom, several times a year, with Story Circle, my partnering organization.
Click through to see current schedule, a full description of the weekly units, and to register. The parts can be taken independent of each other.
Part One covers what is required to produce a quality, finished manuscript.
Part Two concerns the publicity, marketing and distribution of your book.
Ideally, our marketing activities begin when we decide to write our book(s). Each day we can learn more about what will satisfy our readers, as we commit to becoming better writers.
We don’t do much writing during this overview course. But those who decide to continue can join one of our ongoing memoir writing groups. Or work with me one-on-one.
This course originated at my dining room table in 2019 after people started asking me how I’d managed to write an IPPY award winning memoir, The Importance of Paris. The pandemic forced us onto Zoom but we have a good time in our groups.
In 90-minute segments, over a series of consecutive Monday evenings, we cover the entire process. From proper conception through the feats of publication, with a DIY emphasis, I share secrets learned and everything my fellow memoirists have taught me in this interactive course designed to help other authors reach their goals.
Ongoing Memoir Writing Group – sign up for 4 weeks at a time. Contact me for details.
Coaching Services & Manuscript Reading – fees per page are calculated hourly, at regular industry rates. I do not do proofreading or line editing but will work as your developmental and content editor.
To read and comment on a 70,000-word manuscript your cost would be approximately: $791
For a 120,000-word book the cost could be: $1,356
Workshops – these are tailored for small groups, in person and online, via Zoom.
Public Speaking – fees and honorarium discussed
Book Clubs Zoom appearances arranged at no charge, in person travel reimbursed
Fundraising – for a variety of causes, please contact to discuss.