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Memoir in a Year Part II: Revising the Draft of Your Book

January 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

Instructor: Sharon Harrigan
Tuition: $1,449.00 (application required)
24 Thursdays, January 12, 2017 – December 14, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Application Deadline: 12/2/16


Have you written a first-draft of a memoir and find you are ready to take it to the next stage? Are you ready to polish your scenes and make them shine while enjoying the structure and motivation provided from committed peers in a guided class setting?

Memoir in a Year Part II: Revise Your Book-Length Memoir will help you move from that first-draft to final-draft in one year! It’s an opportunity to join a writing cohort, study memoir craft and technique, workshop key scenes, measure your progress, meet goals and deadlines, and give and get support for the long slog from plotting to composition to revision and beyond.

This will be an MFA-level class. Class size is limited to 9, and participants must apply for admission.

For more information regarding class dates, topics covered and class materials, please check out the 2017 Memoir in a Year Part II syllabus and Schedule.

Submission Requirements

  • Prerequisite: Either Memoir in a Year Part I: Writing a Draft or having completed more than 100 first draft pages of a memoir. Applicants who have not taken Memoir in a Year Part I will need to submit the first draft of their books as a pdf.
  • A brief personal statement (no more than 350 words) that includes a proposal for your project, your background, and expectations for this class.
  • A list of any nonfiction writing classes you’ve taken and where they were offered.
  • $100 nonrefundable deposit


Students will be notified of their acceptance in this program by 12/20/16. Upon acceptance, the remaining balance of the tuition will be due. Payment plans will be available for students who are accepted in this program.

About the Instructor

Sharon Harrigan has a B.A. in English from Columbia University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University. She has been teaching memoir writing at WriterHouse in Charlottesville since 2014.

Sharon has published over four dozen essays, reviews, and short stories. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesVirginia Quarterly ReviewPleiadesSlice, NarrativePearl, Prime Number, Silk Road, Mid American Review, Louisiana Literature, Apercus Quarterly, Rain Taxi, Hip Mama, Fiction Writers’ Review, Streetlight Magazine, Passing Through Journal, The Nervous Breakdown, and The Rumpus. She is a contributing editor at The Nervous Breakdown and at Silk Road Review.

Sharon’s current and former students have published their work in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Rumpus, NPR, Gravel, The GuardianGettysburg Review, Bay Journal, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Living Luthern Magazine, Mothers Always Write, Fluvanna Review, Charlottesville Family, The Ethos Collection, and Strong 4 LIfe, among others.

Student Testimonials 

“The Memoir in a Year class is exactly what I needed to get the book out of my head and onto paper.  No longer is writing a book a ‘bucket list’ item for me.  I’m now moving onto trying to get my book published!”  K.T. Sancken, Memoir in a Year Part 2 student 2016

“The first year of the memoir class, I produced a full draft. The second year, I discovered the thread. For this growth and progress, I credit my classmates’ and Sharon’s feedback, the reading and discussion of model memoirs, craft books, and essays, plus in-class and assigned writing prompts. Many exercises led to fruitful revision or provided the basis for my weekly blog posts. If you want to write a book-length memoir, whether you plan to publish or share it only with your family, Sharon’s class is the one for you.” Carole Duff, Memoir in a Year Part 2 student 2016

“While I’m still finishing my second draft, I have begun meeting with agents. During an agent meeting at a conference I described the work we’re doing in Sharon’s class. He told me I was on the right track and gave me his email address so I can send him the finished product. As I walked out of that meeting, contact information in hand, I realized how lucky I am to have worked with Sharon over the past two years, and how lucky we are to have this program at WriterHouse.” Lisa Ellison, Memoir in a Year Part 2 student 2016

Submission Options 

By Mail: Send hard copies of your work along with a check made payable to WriterHouse to the following address:

Memoir in a Year Part II
WriterHouse, Inc.
P.O. Box 222
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Online: Email your application documents to programs [at] writerhouse [dot] org, and pay online using the link below.

**Please note: Application documents will not be reviewed unless payment has been received.

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January 12, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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