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From Memories to Memoirs

Turn Your Memories into Compelling Memoirs

I believe that everyone’s lives, however “ordinary,” are filled with experiences that speak to universal human experience and are therefore interesting to other people. Learn how to record your memories as engaging stories and create a legacy of memoir during this fun, eight-week, moderated self-study course.

From Memories to Memoirs is based on Bill Roorbach’s book Writing Life Stories: How To Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays And Life Into Literature and is designed to help students convert memories into compelling narrative prose.

Using a variety of memory-triggering and writing exercises, we will explore the stories that our memories have to tell and learn writing techniques to help tell them most effectively.

In this class you will:

  • Define and discuss the nature of memoir and story.
  • Learn techniques to trigger memories and challenge their limits.
  • Explore and discuss the nature of memory.
  • Discover how different types of research can enhance memories and the experience of writing about them.
  • Write scenes that incorporate elements of creative writing while remaining true to the remembered facts.
  • Understand the differences between scene, summary, and exposition, and when to use them.
  • Learn how to develop true-to-life characters on the page.
  • Complete a 1,500-2,000 word memoir or narrative essay.

Note: Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach is a required text for this class.


Your Instructor


Amber Lea Starfire
Amber Lea Starfire
Amber Lea Starfire is an author, editor, teacher and writing coach whose passion is helping others tell their stories, make meaning of life, and access inner wisdom and creativity through the act of writing. She earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from San Francisco University and an MA in education from Stanford University. Recent books include Not the Mother I Remember: A Memoir, Week by Week: A Year’s Worth of Journaling Prompts & Meditations, and the popular anthology, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s.

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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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