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Where I End & You Begin: One-Day Memoir

4 Hours • with Arya Samuelson • All Levels

  • Starts Apr 28
  • 90 US dollars
  • Online via Zoom

Available spots

Class Description

The opening of a story is often what lures and lingers most with a reader. However, there is no clear beginning or ending to the narrative of our lives. As memoirists, we grapple with the challenge and opportunity to create coherence throughout the raw material of memory. Whether you’re deep at work on a project or just about to start, this class will help uncover inventive and surprising ways to open and close your story, creating the most lasting impact for your reader. We will consider published examples, experiment with in-class writing, and offer supportive feedback to uplift moments of greatest resonance. Two short craft readings will be emailed to the group before the first class. Limited to 12 writers. INSTRUCTOR ARYA SAMUELSON is the winner of New Ohio Review's 2023 Nonfiction Prize and CutBank’s Montana Prize in Non-Fiction, awarded by Cheryl Strayed. Her work has also been published in Bellevue Literary Review, The Millions, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Mills College, and is working on a novel and a memoir in essays. 

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

If you withdraw from a workshop TEN DAYS OR MORE before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop OR a full refund (minus 10%, a transaction fee that is non-refundable and that we would otherwise be charged). If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We cannot offer credit or any refund. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund or credit. If we have to cancel a class you have paid for, you will receive a full refund, without the service charge deducted. For our full listing of policies, visit www.PioneerValleyWriters.Com, Policies page (under Home). To withdraw and receive a partial refund according to the above, please get in touch with Joy at

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