Memoir Writing Master Class

Instructor: Margaret McMullan
Date:  Sunday, November 10
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

Ready to write the story of your life? Or maybe just a portion of your life the way only you remember it?

In this memoir writing workshop, we’ll talk about what separates memoir from general nonfiction, and then we will write. I’ll provide writing prompts, guidelines, and other materials that will help us “excavate” our life for those memoir gems.

In his poem, “The Prelude,” William Wordsworth wrote about how there are spots of time in his life that serve to link the whole. These moments may seem like nothing at the time they are occurring, but they might mean more. Joan Didion called them shimmers. Emerson called them gleams. Whatever you call these golden nuggets, these are the moments writers hunt down and use.

Much of what we start will likely be the seeds to bigger projects. The idea here is to leave the workshop with a stockpile of material.


Margaret McMullan is the author of eight award-winning books including the novel, In My Mother’s House, the story collection Aftermath Lounge, and the anthology, Every Father’s Daughter, a collection of essays about fathers by great women writers such as Alice Munro, Ann Hood, and Jane Smiley. Margaret’s young adult novels How I Found the Strong, When I Crossed No-Bob, and Sources of Light have received best book awards from Parents’ Choice, School Library Journal, the American Library Association, and Booklist among many other educational organizations. 

Margaret’s essays have appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Herald, Glamour, The Millions, The Morning Consult, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Montréal Review, National Geographic for Kids, Southern Accents, Mississippi Magazine, and other periodicals. Her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Deep South Magazine, StorySouth, TriQuartly, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Other Voices, Boulevard, The Arkansas Review, Southern California Anthology, and The Sun among countless other journals and anthologies. A recipient of a NEA Fellowship in literature and a Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, Margaret has served as a faculty mentor at the Stony Brook Southampton Low-res MFA Program in New York where she also taught on the summer faculty. She was the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Evansville, where she taught for 25 years. She writes full time now in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Check out her website

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