Memoir Writing: Sharing your Life Stories


Course Description

This course will take place on Zoom.

What makes a good personal memoir? Where do we begin amidst the chaotic clutter of memories in our heads? How do we focus, shape, and give meaning to our narratives?

In this writing workshop, we will help you find the stories that you most want to tell and then to write them in clear, vivid, and entertaining prose. Through weekly readings, short written assignments, and in-class discussions, we will delve into our personal treasure troves of memory and consider how to express these, using all the tools of good writing and editing.

The final assignment, a short personal memoir, will grow out of the weekly exercises.

Register early. The maximum number of students is 12.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • The Memoir Project:  A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life by Marion Roach Smith (2011). ISBN: 9780446584845
    • Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir by William Zinsser (2004). ISBN: 9780395901502

This course is full; to add yourself to the waitlist, email or call (514) 935-9585. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday 23 September 2021

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Instructors: Pauline Beauchamp and Karen Nesbitt

Degree Credit: 3.0 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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