Memoir Essay in a Month




What are the memories you return to again and again? The moments that not only move you, but hold a truth you want to share with others? 

A memoir essay is a piece of creative nonfiction that delves deep into a writer's memory. The purpose of the piece emerges, as it does in fiction, from the events and characters themselves. 

In this generative class we’ll explore the many facets of memoir essays. We’ll look at samples of essays by authors such as Alexander Chee, Lucy Grealy, Scott Russell Sanders, and Mary Clearman Blew to help us understand not only the author, but ourselves. We'll discuss memory, scene making, structure, character, and how best to put our essays together. In the process we will discover the stories within and around us. 

Each week you’ll respond to a prompt to help you further develop your memoir essay. You will leave this class with a completed draft, your instructor's feedback, and a better understanding of how to tell a personal story that might otherwise have been forgotten.





Who is the Instructor? Melissa Fraterrigo is the author of the novel, Glory Days ( University of Nebraska Press), which was named one of "The Best Fiction of 2017" by ​Chicago Review of Books. Melissa is also the author of the short story collection, The Longest Pregnancy (Livingston Press). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of journals including Puerto del Sol, Massachusetts Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester and Shenandoah. She has twice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.In addition to her publications, she has taught creative writing at Bowling Green State University, Southern Utah University, Penn State-Altoona,the Indiana Writers’ Center and IUPUI. Melissa is the founder of Lafayette Writers’ Studio. 

To learn more or read her work visit

When is this class offered?

This four-week class is offered live on Zoom beginning Thursday June 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 6-8 p.m. EST.

Who should take this class? Open to all writers. It is capped at 12 students. 

What is the cost? $185. Nonrefundable fee of $25 included in each registration.