Class Starts Tuesday, October 4th, 2022
Class will meet weekly via Zoom (Tuesdays, 4:00PM PST - 6:00PM PST).
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Led by Amanda Montei, author of Two Memoirs and The Failure Age. She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a PhD from the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in Slate, The Believer, Vox, HuffPost, Rumpus, Salon, Ms. Magazine, as well as numerous literary journals and scholarly publications.
Memoirs were once conceived of as traditional hero's journeys, in which a narrator recounts their triumphant struggles. But most of our lives are far more complex than these sorts of narrative arcs allow.
In this class, you'll be guided through generative writing exercises, workshops, and revision exercises to help you find the form for your memoir.
We will look at a variety of experimental and traditional memoirs for inspiration, discussing texts by authors such as Maggie Nelson, Alexander Chee, Melissa Febos, Cathy Park Hong, Leslie Jamison, Esmé Weijun Wang, Rachel Cusk, Claudia Rankine, Mary Karr, Joan Didion, and others.
- Generate an outline, an introduction or first chapter for your book, and a sample chapter
- Organize new and existing book material
- Feedback from Amanda and classmates
- Generative writing and revision strategies for completing your manuscript
- Ideas for submitting work and moving forward with your project
- Supportive creative community
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class meets weekly via Zoom. Come prepared for a super fun class with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!
**SCHEDULING NOTE: We will skip the week of Thanksgiving and hold the 8th and final class on November 29th.
Cindy DiTiberio, writer; Publisher, Literary Mama
"Amanda's course was nurturing, generative, inspiring, and just such a powerful class. No one wanted the session to end which speaks to her ability to not only create a compelling course but also encourage healthy discussion and vulnerability. "
Kaitlin Solimine, author of EMPIRE OF GLASS
"This course buoyed me and made me feel connected to other writers at a time when I was feeling very disconnected from the writing world. I was blown away by the diversity and depth of readings, the spirit of support and camaraderie, and the quality of both submissions and feedback from fellow participants. Amanda led the course with such insight, compassion, and intelligence—I also thoroughly enjoyed the prompts… as well as the discussions and ways in which we were all inspired to engage with the reading material, and each other's work, on a weekly basis. I will miss it!"
October Moore, actor and writer
"It was a galvanizing and inspiring and safe place to be and listen and create."
Eleanor Burke, student
"This class nurtured, inspired, and challenged me."
Ariella Ruth, student
"[Amanda’s] course materials and writing prompts were impeccably curated and thoughtful, and she created an honest and supportive 'classroom; space on Zoom. I am grateful for the community I found through this course!"
Kristy Rose, student
"Amanda held a space that was simultaneously gentle and intellectually compelling, her feedback was prompt and through and the writing portals were well thought out and generative. I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity."
Heather Hewett PhD, co-editor of #ME TOO AND LITERARY STUDIES
"Amanda is a great teacher who gives fantastic feedback and knows how to steer writers in productive directions."
Victoria Livingstone PhD, writer and translator
"This course was fascinating and encouraged me to reflect deeply on a wide range of creative and intellectual topics. It shifted my thinking on certain issues, allowed me to connect with other writers, and helped me carve out space for magic and creativity. Amanda did a great job of making space for each student to contribute. She structured the class while still allowing for spontaneity."
Mahru Elahi, student
"The community created in the class was invaluable in furthering a sense of how collective the act of writing can be."
Nicky Torode, student
"It was a deeply thought-provoking class, with a superbly wide range of reading materials and writing prompts. The feedback on my piece was particularly helpful in highlighting substantive points [and] I was blown away by the quality of peers' feedback, care and dedication to each others' writing."
"Amanda provided thoughtful and creative writing prompts that were truly inspired by the readings, in a surprising but inevitable way. They unlocked my thinking and brought new energy to my own creative work. Amanda's welcoming, gentle, and listening energy created a nice sense of community even over Zoom. I learned a lot, had fun, and felt a sense of connection not just to the subject material but to the group."
Holly Spinelli, student
"Amanda's workshop is excellent. She does a great job creating respect, trust, and openness among the participants. "
Natalie S., student
"Amanda is an engaging and thoughtful teacher. She offers excellent insight and targeted feedback. I gained a wealth of information!"
Kate Warrington, student
“Amanda's course was both informative and inspiring. From the first class, she created a supportive environment that allowed for open and honest conversation. I especially appreciated how much thought and time she devoted to our individual writing goals and essays. I'd recommend this class to writers at any level and would even take it again myself.”
Instructor: Amanda Montei
Class Starts Tuesday, October 4th, 2022
Course is fully ONLINE and will meet weekly via Zoom on Tuesdays from 4:00PM - 6:00PM PST.
Instructor Amanda Montei is the author of Two Memoirs (Jaded Ibis Press) and The Failure Age (Bloof Books). She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a PhD from the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in Slate, The Believer, Vox, HuffPost, Rumpus, Salon, Ms. Magazine, as well as numerous literary journals and scholarly publications. She has been teaching writing for over a decade at the college level and in community arts programs. For three years, she was editor of the literary journal P-QUEUE, and she previously co-edited the small press project Bon Aire Projects. Amanda lives in California with her partner and two children. Visit her website here.