You Are Your Stories: An Introduction to Memoir Writing

This workshop meets on six consecutive Thursday nights, September 21 through October 26.

Your life is a rich collection of stories: painful stories, funny stories, stories about your little sister, your best friend in high school, your first job, stories about crazy adventures and about boredom, stories about loyalty and betrayal, stories about love, about routine, about deep personal discovery.


You have this urge, this itch, to write these stories down. You want to share them. Maybe you want to record stories for your children or grandchildren. Maybe you want to publish personal essays or even a full-length book.

But where to begin?

In this six-week class, you won’t be asked to complete a piece of writing. Instead, the in-class writing exercises will help you to explore your memories, introduce (or re-introduce) you to the practice of writing; and encourage you to play with the basic elements of memoir writing.

While you will be asked to share your work, you don’t need to worry about it being handled roughly. The atmosphere will be friendly and open, and will nurture your creative spirit. You will look at the process of writing about your life from the inside out, as a writer rather than a reader.

And you will begin.

Class Fee: $175
Class size is limited to 10. Advanced registration is required.

The class will be taught by Pam Sourelis, MA, MFA. Pam is a published writer, and an experienced writing instructor and workshop leader. She has taught for DePaul and Loyola universities in Chicago, the Illinois Writing Project, and the Master’s in Writing program of Southern New Hampshire University, and has independently taught writing classes for adults for 18 years.

You can learn more about Pam’s work at

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Event date: 

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

111 E Van Buren St
Woodstock, IL 60098