Memoir Writing Workshops:

"Writing the Spiritual Memoir"


"Seven Types of Memoir"


"Writing the Memoir"

Thomas Larson has given two-hour, all-day, and weeklong workshops at bookstores, writing centers, libraries, writers' guilds, private groups, and universities for beginning and advanced memoirists throughout the United States.

From 2007 to 2019, venues include:

Cuyahoga Library, South Euclid Branch (Cleveland, OH)

Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference (Homer, AK)

Santa Fe Summer Workshop (Santa Fe, NM)

Hudson Valley Writers' Center (Sleepy Hollow, NY)

MFA Low-Residency Program (Ashland, OH)

The Writers' Center (Bethesda, MD)

The Writers' Workshoppe (Port Townsend, WA)

Warwick’s Bookstore (La Jolla, CA)

Ghost Ranch (Santa Fe, NM)

Ghost Ranch Fall Writing Festival (Abiquiu, NM)

St. Louis Writer’s Guild

Lancaster (PA) Literary Guild

Writers’ Center of Indiana (Indianapolis, IN)

Mobile Writers Guild (Mobile, AL)

Bookpeople (Austin, TX)

Houston (TX) Public Library

Palm Springs (CA) Public Library

Book Passage (Corte Madera, CA)

Margaret Mitchell House (Atlanta, GA)

OLLI Memoir Writers (Auburn, AL)

Clemente Program (Port Hadlock, WA)

Wordstock (Portland, OR)

Kansas City (MO) Public Library

Columbia (MO) Public Library

The Loft (Minneapolis, MN)

Worthington Library (Columbus, OH)


"Writing About Illness"

An Annotated List


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Writing Workshops
A Guide to Writing a Critical Essay Print E-mail


A Guide to Writing a Critical Essay

Length: 10 pages, 2500 words.

For essay collections, memoir, personal narratives, pathographies, reflective pieces, immersion journalism, hybrid narratives, travel and adventure tales, place-oriented nonfiction, non-traditional biography, and other contemporary creative nonfiction styles.

Writing About Intimate Moments Print E-mail


Writing About Intimate Moments

Rendered in prose, intimacy uses physical details not mental statements; intimacy occurs in actual or clock time, not psychological or internal time. We may internalize it briefly and, more strongly and with more length, later.

Intimacy involves bodily proximity with another—a kiss, a slap, an arm wrestle, a lifting off the ground, moments of shared awe, fear, joy, ecstasy, sex, triumph, loss when bodies are close.

Something passes between people in such moments. The experience may be deeply shared or differently felt.

How do we know how intimate (or the degree of intimacy) the other person feels? Does he/she share it with us? We don’t know. We can ask and include the answer. But try to let his/her actions show the feeling, the closeness, the thwarted closeness. Show us yours as well.

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