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Tell Your Story! Family Stories and Memoir Writing Class

Have you been thinking about writing a memoir, but don’t know where to start? Family Stories & Memoir Writing is a four-week class offering beginning and seasoned writers tools to discover, reflect on, and write their story.  Using the text, The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, the class will cover story-setting, character investigation, and approaches in structuring the work.  Excerpts from different memoirs will be analyzed, as well as hand-outs outlining interview techniques and writing styles, in addition to workshopping memoir pages. 

Instructor Denise Bostrom has written scripts for PBS, HBO, and the Lifetime Channel.  She worked as a script-doctor and supervisor with noted directors Chris Columbus, Wes Craven, John Korty, George Lucas, and Wayne Wang.  She has also taught screenwriting and nonfiction/memoir scriptwriting at SF State, City College, and the University Project at San Quentin State Prison.

To register for Family Stories and Memoir Writing or other classes, visit or call (510) 594-2655.

Denise Bostrum