Got a story inside of you that you want (need) to get out? Maybe you’ve begun writing your memoir, but you’re feeling a wee bit stuck?

We’ve long admired the courses offered at the Flying Books Writing School, and their upcoming 6-part memoir workshop, led by bestselling author Helen Knott (My Own Moccasins), looks like an exceptional way to spend six Sunday afternoons in lockdown this winter.

“Writing your story can be intimidating and overwhelming, but it can also be rewarding and worthwhile. Memoir writing requires a level of vulnerability that can put fear into anyone. The fact is that writing a memoir should unnerve you to some degree otherwise you are doing it wrong. These sessions will help ease those nerves,” reads the course description. Sounds cathartic. 

Who should take this: 

“In this foundational six-part course you will engage in a study of structure, define your writing process, grapple with the trickiness of truth telling, and gain insight for the journey ahead, This course is best suited for those that are just starting to write their memoir or are wanting to leap into the genre for the first time,” explains Flying Books. Does this sound like you? Don’t let that imposter syndrome talk you out of taking the next step!

What to expect:

“During the course you will look at relevant examples from contemporary literature for analysis, workshop pieces in class, engage in discussions with other writers, complete in-class mini assignments, and have the opportunity for one on one time to discuss and further your work.” Delicious. Sign us up.

HELEN KNOTT is a Dane Zaa, Cree, Metis, and mixed Euro-descent woman from Prophet River First Nations living in Northern B.C. She is the author of the national best-seller In My Own Moccasins (University of Regina Press), which was long-listed for the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize and shortlisted for a BC Yukon Book Prize. Her second book, Becoming a Matriarch, is forthcoming in the spring of 2023 with Doubleday.
Flying Books offers a wide variety of writing courses that you can check out here. The Owning Your Story course is 399.00 (+GST), and will take place Sunday, February 7, 14, 28, March 7, 14, from 1:30-3PM ET.