Memoir and The Personal Essay:
A Six-week Summer Intensive
Wednesday, July 12 through August 16, 2023

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (EDT)

Tuition: $699 | Zoom
  • Working on your memoir?
  • Writing a personal essay?
  • Need guidance on how to publish your essay or memoir?
  • Want to make progress on your writing this summer?

Memoir and The Personal Essay: A Six-week Summer Intensive is perfect for
writers at all levels.

  • We’ll meet for two hours each Wednesday for six weeks on ZOOM to produce a chapter or essay of up to 15 pages.
  • Your writing will be workshopped critiqued and discussed by your fellow writers and you’ll get my written evaluation.
  • We’ll read nonfiction by James Baldwin and other masters of nonfiction and memoir.

This workshop has limited enrollment.

If you want to get started on your nonfiction or if you want the support you need to continue developing your work, this summer workshop is for you.

Dates of the workshop: July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16
“It is always heartening to see women step up to the writer’s table. When the results are as adroit and affecting as Marita Golden’s work, it is more than satisfying, it is a cause for celebration.” ~ Toni Morrison Nobel Prize-winning Author
Dine Watson
Author, Loss, Love, Liife a Memoir: One Black Woman's Battle with Kidney Disease
A little about me ...
I am the award-winning author of 22 works of fiction and nonfiction, including my memoir, Migrations of the Heart, and my most recent novel The Wide Circumference of Love.

In my role as teacher, coach, and editor, I have worked with many prominent award-winning writers including political analyst Donna Brazile, (Cooking With Grease Stirring the Pots in America), novelists Nicole Dennis-Benn, (Here Comes the Sun and Patsy), Tope Folarin, (A Particular Kind of Black Man), Tracy McGhee, (Melting the Blues), Sadeqa Johnson, (Yellow Wife and Second House From the Corner), short story writer Camille Acker, (Training School for Negro Girls), and memoirists Karen Gray Houston, author of Daughter of the Boycott Carrying on a Montgomery Family’s Civil Rights Legacy and Nita Wiggins author of Civil Rights Baby, My Story of Race, Sports, and Breaking Barriers in American Journalism and Leslie C. Youngblood, YA author of Love Like Sky and Forever This Summer.

I have taught creative writing in the MFA Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and served as Writer-in-Residence at numerous colleges and universities, including the University of the District of Columbia and Johns Hopkins University. As a literary activist, I co-founded The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.
If it is necessary to cancel a workshop or event, participants will be notified via email before the first day of class. If a class is canceled, registrants will be given the option to receive a full refund or they can use their payment as credit toward another workshop. This credit must be used within one year of the original payment.

If you need to cancel your registration you will receive a credit that can be used toward another workshop. Contact This credit must be used within one year of the original payment. No credits or refunds are given for missed classes.