Memoir Workshop

Dates: August 5-September 23. Tuesday evenings, 6-8 pm (No class August 27.)
Location: The Abigail Stuart House
 Member: $125. Non-Member: $175
Facilitator: Elizabeth Corcoran Murray
Space Available: 12 spaces available out of 12
Registration: available down the page, or call 360-531-1472.

Memoir writing often creates turmoil. We have a story to tell, but we’re afraid. Do I really want to pour my guts into the world? What will Aunt Jane think? Will my relationship with my brother be irrevocably broken? In this class you will learn to write your compelling story, based on your memory, journals, and/or interviews with families and friends. This class will provide safety to write in a manner which is clear, articulate, and riveting.

You will learn or review the elements of writing from the macro –vivid characters and setting, dramatic scenes with tension, to the micro –word selection, powerful sentences, and chapters which spring from the page. We will discuss how to best organize your story, unveil your theme, and integrate musing and reflection. This dynamic, interactive class provides safety and friendship as well as fun and support. Perfect for the aspiring writer or one who has written for years.

We will discuss the writings of Tana Westover, Tobias Wolfe, Roxanne Gay, Claire Dederer, Mary Karr, and Bill Bryson.



Elizabeth Corcoran Murray is a freelance writer and author who wrote about her transformation living off the grid in the mountains of France in the short story, “The Urban Goatherd,” a Pushcart nominee.

Using the name E.C. Murray, she wrote the memoir A Long Way from Paris which was named a KIRKUS Best Book of the Year. Elizabeth holds a Masters degree, received writing certificates from the University of Washington, and studied with Southampton’s MFA program in New York. She teaches creative writing at Seattle Central College and founded Writers Connection,