2013 Memoir Workshop

Looking to get your memoir published? Or explore memoir techniques, as a form of personal journey?

This might be the workshop for you.

Starts April 1st • Class limited to 10 participants

Online memoir workshop with editor Mick Silva. Mick has served as an editor at Waterbrook/Random House. We think you’re going to appreciate his talent, wit, and good advice… on the way to finding your deepest stories.

Class Description

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by…

Memoir isn’t autobiography (someone has said it’s autobiography without the boring bits).

In writing a personal journey, what to leave out is as important as what to include. Knowing what’s relevant to your story is a deep investigation into the heart of what first convinced you of your story’s power. What went into it? How should you share that experience?

Ultimately, memoir is oversimplification that allows you to focus on specific insights to inspire your life and the lives of others. A key to success is how well authors allow their work to surprise and teach them.

In this memoir class, we’ll look at personal stories, tone, perspective, voice and using creative points of view. We’ll discuss parameters, what to cut, and defining your story arc.

Your memoir—a sort of “meandering with a purpose”—could uncover a new path through the woods of life. We hope it will make all the difference.

For You

Private online group setting and all class materials, including a free digital copy of Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing, are included in the price.

Words About Mick Silva’s Teaching, from Memoir Intensive Conference Attendees

Mick was prepared, knowledgable, warm and thorough.


Mick is obviously a talented writer and teacher. He was encouraging and honest and gave direction in a helpful way. I would say he is an expert in his field, and appreciate his time in sharing with us. He genuinely cared about helping.

—D. M.

I am really glad I participated in the memoir class, and thanks for leading it. I saw what you do well–interacting with and teaching the individual as you teach the class to bring out the best of each person’s potential. I was greatly encouraged interacting with you. My 3-book proposal was picked up by a publishing house at the conference.


I was a bit intimidated, wondering if i would regret signing up. But you made me feel so welcome. I enjoyed hearing your comments about the other writers’ stories. I quickly realized your passion for words, how you spoke them and how you listened to others, and then added your comments. You were truthful in a non-threatening way, inspiring, and informative.


Words from Our Poetry Workshop 2013 Participants

Lane Arnold: I struck gold. An afternoon session of writing poetry is good for the soul. Poetry Workshop is a catalyst to creativity.

Lexanne Leonard: The most important step I’ve taken is to join Tweetspeak’s Poetry Workshop 2013 with Anne Doe Overstreet. I cannot begin to thank Tweetspeak, Anne, and my fellow students for this journey.

MEMOIR WORKSHOP • BUY NOW • 12 weeks, $420