This workshop will be dedicated to making your memories live on the page, with a special emphasis on capturing childhood scenes and adult reflections. Excerpts from memoirs and essays by authors such as James Baldwin, Tobias Wolff, Joan Didion, Maggie Nelson, Alexander Chee, and Lidia Yuknavitch will teach the art of scene-making. Participants can write chapters of a longer work, or self-contained personal essays which employ elements of fiction in the service of fact: dialogue, character, setting, conflict, consciousness. There will also be space for self-analysis and observer narrative: for cultivating the voice of objectivity, and counter-balancing the long perspective with the depth of introspection. You will be asked to comment meaningfully on experience and contextualize it. The workshop format will allow for generating drafts and receiving feedback from the instructor and from peers, through an online portal. The first session will ask you to describe your memoir project.