Class & Waitlist Full - Memoir Writing Workshop Series

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This class and waiting list are now full. Please email Michele Martin at to express your interest in future writing programs.

Memoir-writing is a special form of art, and this fall Greenwich Library will help would-be memoirists get started. Crafting Life Stories will be led by former New York Times editor Joan Motyka on eight consecutive Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.beginning September 12 in the Meeting Room.


The program is designed to help people discover and tell the stories only they can tell -- and to do so in a supportive environment that encourages even beginning writers. With a background in journalism and fiction, instructor Joan Motyka will offer journalistic tools and literary techniques to help people explore the significance of people, places and events in their lives. Using readings, prompts and writing assignments, she helps students draw stories from memory, organize them into a narrative and polish them through revision. 

The series will consist of eight distinct two-hour sessions. In each class, students will read and discuss passages from books of memoir and occasionally from poetry or fiction that illustrate that week's topic. Topics include how to look at yourself as a narrator of stories, how to capture the richness of place, how to plumb your intersection with history, and how to understand the role of other people in your stories. There will also be a discussion of dialogue as well as tips on research, interviewing, and revision. 

Excerpts or completed projects will be available on the Greenwich Library website with permission from class participants. For more information visit  Note: this program is now full.

Joan Motyka is a former longtime New York Times editor and writing coach, and currently an editor at The Westchester Review, a literary journal now in its fifth year. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe and other publications. She has been leading memoir writing workshops in Westchester and New York City since 2007. 

Crafting Life Stories is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. For more information, please contact Michele Martin at (203) 625-6533 or visit

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