The Nuts & Bolts of Memoir

So You Want To Write A Memoir?

Bestselling memoirist Mark Matousek will teach you how to turn your story into a book in these nine key lessons. 

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In this comprehensive nine-week e-course, The Nuts & Bolts of Memoir, Mark Matousek introduces you to the fundamentals of writing skillful personal narrative. He brings three decades of experience as an author, teacher, and editor to these nine illuminating lessons, revealing the common pitfalls, mistakes, and misunderstandings that beginning memoirists tend to make, and how to navigate them.

How do we frame our story? What are the necessary ingredients of effective memoir? What is the language of emotion, and how can do we articulate interior experience? What is our responsibility to living people in memoir? How can we elevate personal experience to encompass the mythic and universal? Finally, what is your core narrative – the story you need to tell – and the trajectory of that transformative tale?

The Nuts & Bolts of Memoir is designed to guide writers – as well as non-writers – into their inner world, to tell the “untold story”, and gain insights into themselves in the process.


“Mark Matousek’s writing instruction is transformative. His classes will change the ways in which you examine your life, and how you think about yourself as a writer. Mark’s insight, imagination, and precise instruction will push your writing in incredible directions, both creatively and technically. No matter what stage of the process you are at, time spent with Mark will yield extraordinary results.”

~Libuse Binder, author of Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties

What you will learn in The Nuts & Bolts of Memoir:

  • In Lesson One, “Creating the I,” you will learn how to turn yourself into a protagonist on the page
  • In Lesson Two, “Creating a Frame,” you will learn to sketch the arc of your memoir, where it begins and where it ends.
  • In Lesson Three, you will focus on “Finding the Moments” in your story, the essential building blocks of the narrative
  • In Lesson Four, you will practice “Creating a Scene” that is both powerful and cohesive
  • In Lesson Five, you come to the challenge of “Creating Dialogue” in real-life writing
  • In Lesson Six, “Creating Momentum” teaches you to keep your reader turning pages
  • In Lesson Seven, you will explore “The Engine of Desire” – the question that is driving your memoir, the why behind your desire to tell this story
  • In Lesson Eight, you investigate “The Power of Perception” as a memoirist’s primary requirement for recreating lived experience in writing (how you see is how you write)
  • Finally, in Lesson Nine, Mark explains how the “The Power of Intention” strengthens your experience of writing memoir and focuses what you want to create

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“Mark is an incredibly gifted and intuitive teacher, guide and mentor. His knowledge of memoir writing, as well as his personal insights gave me the tools I needed to start writing my memoir and explore different sides to my story that have been transformational. I highly recommend Mark to anyone looking to build their writing skills, develop themselves and gain greater self-awareness through writing.“

~Laura Sadler

Full of practical tools and insights gained over Mark’s 30-year career as an author, this field guide to memoir writing shows students how to focus the story they want to tell, structure that story for narrative impact, and tell their tale as vividly and truthfully as possible. Learn these necessary tools to constructing a well-written memoir:

  • How to organize the moments of our story into a coherent whole
  • How to tell the the difference between a situation and a story
  • How to create an irresistible narrator
  • How to find the question the drives your memoir
  • How to write believable dialogue
  • How to create three-dimensional scenes through the power of heightened perception
  • Why fearlessness, shamelessness, and recklessness are critical to writing a first draft
  • How to write about people in our lives without violating their anonymity
  • How even painful experience can be illuminated and redeemed through memoir

This nine-week e-course is only $67 

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How the course works: The first lesson is delivered via email soon after purchase. A link to a pdf download of the lesson is provided. Each subsequent lesson is delivered in the same manner every seven days for the remainder of the course. Students are encouraged to do these lessons in order, taking no more than a week to complete each one. This creates a learning momentum that serves you well when working solo. Personal e-Study Courses are ideal for people who want to accelerate their learning curve, deepen self-awareness, and explore substantial issues within the framework of a carefully designed curriculum.

“I hope you’ll allow me to use this course to help guide you toward your creative potential. I believe, that you will enjoy not only the process but the outcome as well. Please visit my calendar for a list of classes, workshops, and other events where we might work together. And check out my free monthly teleconference and discussion group, The Seekers Forum. Each month, I give a talk on a topic concerning the question, “How do we live?”


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