Writing Your Memoir [Online]

05/07/2022 - 9:00am

Grade levels: Professional Development

Content areas: English Language Arts

Topics: writing

According to George Meredith, English novelist and poet, “Memoirs are the backstairs of history.”

In this day-long writing-intense workshop, participants will read excerpts from a variety of memoirs as writing prompts to revisit those “backstairs” of their personal histories. Oregon Writing Project instructor and author of two memoirs, Carolyn Wood, will provide students with ideas, writing prompts and resources on how to launch their life stories into text. The day will include both time to write and time to share.

The only prerequisite for this class is a yearning to write.

The Oregon Writing Project (OWP) is a collaboration program between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts, and offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers.


Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 2022, 2022, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $125 by 4/7, $150 after. L&C Alumni, Adjuncts and School-based Mentors and Supervisors save 20%. Includes 5.5 PDUs. Instructor: Carolyn Wood


About the Instructor Carolyn Wood, OWP Writing Coach, is a retired high school language arts teacher. She is the author of two memoirs: Tough Girl: Lessons in Courage and Heart from Olympic Gold to the Camino de Santiago, a coming-of-age memoir of a young swimmer’s triumphs and heartbreaks on the path to winning Olympic gold at age 14, and her latest memoir, Class Notes: A Young Teacher’s Lessons from Classroom to Kennedy Compound, which details the year she worked as the governess for Senator Robert F. Kennedy.