april, 2020

25apr8:30 am4:30 pmLighthouse North Memoir Intensive


Event Details

Join us for a full day of craft classes and panel discussions focused around the unique experience of writing memoir. This one-day Intensive will feature classes on the tricky craft of writing yourself as a character, how best to weave in the reflective voice and how to keep the reader hooked. Panel discussions will be centered around writing about your family and the emotional ups and downs of reliving your own past.  Every participant is welcome to compete for one of three 20-minute meetings with memoir agent Allison Devereux of The Cheney Agency.

Due to concerns over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Lighthouse is moving all in-person classes to remote participation through Zoom, a simple teleconferencing technology, for the duration the Spring Session. All participants will be emailed guidance for how to use Zoom and will be provided technical support. For detailed instructions on how to use Zoom, see our Participant Zoom Manual here. Please send any questions or concerns to [email protected].

Click here for a full list of course descriptions and agent bio.

How to submit your work to win one of the three 20-minute conversations with memoir agent Allison Devereux of The Cheney Agency:

To submit your work to compete for one of three 20-minute conversations with literary agent Allison Devereux, email up to ten double spaced pages with standard 12 point Times New Roman font and one inch margins to [email protected] by April 11th no later than 11:59 PM. Winners will be contacted by email by April 18th.

In the subject line write: sub for Allison Devereux

At the top of every page of your submission include: a page number, your first and last name, and your email address.


8:30-9:00 AM:

Check in, coffee, book table, breakfast snacks

9:00-10:15 AM:

Writing Yourself as a Character with Karen Auvinen

Essential Elements to Hold a Reader’s Attention with Rachel Weaver

Photographs, Duality, and Deep Listening as a Path to Memoir with Karen Tolchin

10:45 AM-12:15 PM:

How to Evoke Memory in a Vivid Way with Karen Auvinen

The Power of Reflective Voice with Tanja Pajevic

Hurts So Good: The Emotional Map of Writing Memoir with Rachel Weaver, Jenny Shank, and Erika Krouse

12:15-1:45 PM:


12:30-1:30 PM:

3 Agent Meetings

1:45-2:45 PM:

The Fall Out—What Happens When Your Truth is Available to Anyone: Michelle Theall, Keele Burgin, and Tracy Ross

3:00-4:30 PM:

The Ethics of Creative Nonfiction with Kathy Winograd


(Saturday) 8:30 am - 4:30 pm




Lighthouse Writers WorkshopLighthouse Writers Workshop is the largest literary arts center in the Rocky Mountain West. For more than 20 years, we’ve provided quality instruction, community events, and artistic support for writers and readers of all levels, ages, and backgrounds.[email protected] 1515 Race St, Denver, CO 80206

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