Note: This class has completely filled up! Thank you for your interest, and stay tuned for future class offerings later this summer.
COVID-19 is a global pandemic, but every person has a unique story to share about weathering this collective trauma and summoning up resilience. Some writers who are keeping journals, diaries, or field notes during the pandemic haven’t yet figured out how to transform these writings into publishable works for an audience. For a multitude of different reasons, other writers are finding it hard to write anything at all.
Writing Your Pandemic Story Through Micro-Memoir is a five-week class (May 25th-June 28th, 2020) designed to help you chronicle, through small and accessible acts of memoir, your personal experience of current events.
In this class, we will read published examples of micro-memoir and then practice creative nonfiction writing techniques like listing, description and detail, note taking, association, and time-shifting in our own work.
You will each write at least four creative nonfiction pieces and receive feedback from classmates and the instructor on these writings.
At the end of the class, you will be invited to participate in an optional online reading where you can share some of what you’ve written with the public.
What does this class cost?
Fee: $50 to $250, sliding scale. This translates to $10/week to $40/week. Pay what you can afford. I will contact you about arranging payment (through Paypal, if possible) after you fill out the sign-up form.
*I am offering at least two scholarship spots in the workshop because I do not want the fee to be a barrier for entry. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, please indicate this on the sign-up form. If you’d like to support additional scholarship spots with a donation, please indicate that on the form as well.
Is this class right for me?
Writing Your Pandemic Story Through Micro-Memoir is designed for new creative writers coming to memoir for the first time as well as more seasoned writers looking for motivation, literary community, feedback, and new writing prompts.
The class will be completely conducted through email, so you do not need to download any special program or learn a new technology. The optional virtual reading at the end of the class will likely be hosted on Zoom.
- Read one micro-memoir per week (some are less than a page, some are a bit longer). All readings will be available for free online.
- Write one micro-memoir per week. (Due each Friday by midnight.)
- Give feedback on two micro-memoirs written by your classmates per week. (Due each Sunday by midnight.)
What this class will offer:
- Five weeks of readings, writing prompts, and a remote writing community (May 25th-June 28th, 2020).
- Friendly and constructive feedback from the instructor and two classmates on your writing every week.
- Optional craft essays and extra readings to bolster your study of the genre.
- The option to participate in a virtual, open-to-the-public literary reading the final week of our class so that you can share your work with your friends.
- A list of micro-memoir publication opportunities and suggestions of further reading material.
What is micro-memoir?
Flash nonfiction, flash memoir, micro-essay, micro-memoir: no matter what you call this kind of writing, it’s a useful doorway into writing under difficult circumstances because it’s brief and autobiographical. Multi-genre writer Beth Ann Fennelly provides a definition for what she calls micro-memoir: it is “written in sentences, drawn from personal experience, and strives to create a world in as few words as possible.”
Who is teaching this class?
Freesia McKee is a writer, writing teacher, writing coach, and editor. She currently teaches writing classes at Florida International University and Johnson & Wales University. She’s also taught online through the Loft Literary Center and created community poetry workshops for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Reading Queer, and the Aqua Foundation for Women’s TransCon.
Freesia McKee is author of the poetry chapbook How Distant the City. Her words have appeared in Flyway, Bone Bouquet, So to Speak, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Virga, Painted Bride Quarterly, CALYX, About Place Journal, South Dakota Review, New Mexico Review, and the Ms. Magazine Blog. Freesia is a staff book reviewer for South Florida Poetry Journal.