Guided by Teresa Piccari, learn to craft memoir pieces that invite you to view your life through a broad lens in this interactive memoir writing class.

There are no available registration dates at this time.

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets for 6 Tuesday evenings, Apr 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14 & 21 from 6-8pm ET.

Memoir as a Journey 1 - Online, photo by Gail Priest at Cape May Point
Integrating elements of the hero’s journey can help you to better understand the life path you have chosen. Photo by Gail Priest at Cape May Point.

This class takes the elements of a heroic quest, often seen in fiction works, and applies them to your real-life stories, to craft memoir pieces that invite you to view your life through a broader lens. Writing from a place of the hero archetype, rather than victim or villain, invites you to witness the character arc of your personal development over time, and to experience your own humanity more deeply and honestly.

Writing from a place of depth can help you to gain clarity around decisions that have informed your life, and to better understand how choices have contributed to outcomes. It also encourages you to cultivate a more objective perspective of the people on your path, who appear to have helped or hindered your journey.

As a result, you will be better able to generate stories that speak to readers in universal terms that allow them to better comprehend and make meaning of their own life stories.  Applying a wide lens overlay, or mythic understanding, of how we live our lives can help writers create more expansive stories and draw greater satisfaction from the lives they have chosen.

Over six weeks, you will have the opportunity to craft several new pieces, or one longer piece of writing, that contains the elements traditionally found in a hero’s journey, or three-act story structure.

During this workshop, you will generate content that features a beginning, middle, and end, as well as an evolutionary transformation. Ultimately, you will emerge with writing that provides the structure and narrative foundation for telling your unique life story.


“Teresa is very generous with her time reading work and is a true teacher with an extensive background to draw on” – Robin D.

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Instructor: Teresa Piccari

Teresa Piccari is a lover of the written word across all genres. She is a career journalist and columnist, feature writer and also writes fiction and creative nonfiction. Piccari is at work on a poetry manuscript entitled Laying Down Armor. She has read at Tenants Harbor Poets and presented her nonfiction at several events. Piccari has been helping people tell their fiction and nonfiction stories for 25 years through a diverse palette of workshops including Memoir as a Journey 1, Memoir as a Journey 2, Return to Essence, If Not Now When, Creative Writing Toolbox and Sensory Writing. A native Philadelphian, she has called coastal Maine home for 18 years.