Are you ready to write your story? Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a while, but doubt your ability or don’t know where to start. If that’s you, I get it! Before I wrote my book, A Place to Land, I had no idea how to write a memoir. I bumbled and fumbled and leaned heavily on the help and support of several editors who helped me craft, shape, revise, and revise some more.

What I wish I’d had back then is this brand new course from Shawn and Maile Smucker, on How to Write a Memoir:

The Six-Month Memoir

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The class will run from October 10, 2021 – April 14, 2022


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Shawn Smucker is the author of several books, including the memoir, Once We Were Strangers: What Friendship with a Syrian Refugee Taught Me About Loving My Neighbor, as well as a professional co-author and ghostwriter for other published books.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Shawn recently about the process of writing memoir and some of the benefits and unique challenges that this genre offers. Listen in on our conversation here:


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I so enjoyed the opportunity to chat with Shawn about some of the joys and challenges of the memoir writing process, the difference between a memoir and an autobiography, important elements to include (and not include) in your memoir, and much more. I hope the conversation is an encouragement to you!


In The Six-Month Memoir Course, you will: 

  • Be included in Shawn and Maile’s online writing community, The Stories Between Us

  • Get walked through the process of completing the first draft of a 50,000-word memoir using weekly word count goals

  • Learn about finding your voice, telling the truth, and the structure of a good story

  • Receive 20+ weekly videos that provide encouragement, direction, and insight into various elements of writing your memoir

  • Have the opportunity to participate in one to two monthly live Zoom calls where Shawn and Maile will cheer you on, answer questions, and, as a group, talk through the process

  • Discuss (in the online community) various memoirs and books about writing memoir


If you do the work, you’ll complete the first draft of your memoir and move forward in your writing life with goals in mind and tangible steps forward.

Sounds amazing, right?



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