Introduction to Memoir Writing with Saskya Jain *Online*

  • Course Tutor: Saskya Jain
  • When: Mondays 14:00-16:00 (Berlin Time) / (8:00am-10:00am USA Eastern Time)
  • Start date: 22 Mar 2021
  • Where: Online
  • Number of Sessions: 7
  • Maximum Participants: 12
  • Cost: €180 + (19% Mwst)

Do you want to tell your own story but are not sure how to begin or what to focus on? Are you undecided about what format, chronology or voice to use—personal essay, book-length memoir, first or even second person, sequential narrative or montage? Is self-censorship keeping you from writing?

This course will expose you to a variety of approaches to memoir writing through carefully chosen assigned readings and writing exercises that will allow you to see your own potential and give you the confidence to tell your life stories in a way that touches and resonates with others. In the workshop segment of the course, we will learn how to give productive, insightful feedback and to see our own work critically. Here you will be expected to share your work of up to 5,000 words and will receive expert feedback from your experienced tutor and the rest of the group.

If you are looking for an inspiring, supportive and committed launch into the world of memoir and non-fiction writing, look no further. Writers of all levels of experience and with a general interest in writing non-fiction are welcome.

Classes are capped at 12 places to ensure a high-quality experience.

Saskya Jain is a writer based in New Delhi and Berlin. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Boston University. Her first novel, Fire Under Ash, was published by Random House India in 2014 and shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt Prize in 2015. Her second novel is forthcoming later this year with Simon & Schuster India. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals in the UK, USA, India and Germany, including Intelligent LifeThe Economist, DIE ZEIT and The BafflerShe has taught creative writing and literature courses at Hong Kong University and Grinnell College, and her most recent writing residency was at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island.