Marion Winik’s Workshop:

Six-Hour Memoir Boot Camp!

How does a wisp of memory become a vibrant, emotionally engaging essay? A series of in-class prompts breaks this transformation into bite-sized tasks, highlighting the craft components available to us as memoirists — from choosing what to write about to developing characters, setting, and dialogue, to theme, structure and organization.

Along the way, we’ll discuss the importance of self-implication, the ethics of writing about your family and friends, the uses of both research and imagination in memoir, showing v. telling, voice of innocence v. voice of experience, and other issues.

Marion will read an excerpt from her work and will answer questions on these and other topics of interest. Bring laptop or pen and paper — there will be a period of focused writing time and you’ll walk out with the first draft of a short essay.

Saturday, November 19, 2022:
10:00 AM-4:00 PM

$200. Limited seating!


If you’re coming from out-of-town and need lodging, we recommend Holiday Inn Express (443-744-8200); Hilton Garden Inn (410-654-0030); or Hyatt Place (410-998-3630), all very good and in nearby Owings Mills.

University of Baltimore professor MARION WINIK is the author of The Big Book of the Dead, winner of the 2019 Towson Prize for Literature. Among her ten other books are First Comes Love and Above Us Only Sky.

Her award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody column appears monthly at Baltimore Fishbowl, and her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Sun, and elsewhere.

She writes book reviews for People, Newsday, The Washington Post, and Kirkus Reviews; she hosts The Weekly Reader podcast at WYPR. She was a commentator on NPR for fifteen years; her honors include an NEA Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction. More info at