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A Six-Month Memoir Intensive!

Write Fearlessly and with Transformative Power!

I’ve spent much of my career as an author writing and teaching memoir. I have learned that you write a memoir because you must. You write a memoir to find meaning, healing, and the hidden beauty in your life. Writing a memoir is scary. It’s supposed to be.

This Memoir Intensive will give you the tools to write your unique truth.

All Stories Are True a Six-Month Memoir Intensive is for you if:

  • You have completed your memoir and need feedback as you begin revising.
  • You were writing but have stopped. 
  • You have yet to begin your memoir but are ready to write.
  • You want to master the personal essay.
  • You want to write through the fear and self-censorship that accompany writing about your life.
  • You want the guidance of a professional writer and the community of a class.
  • You want to learn how to publish your work.
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Features of the Memoir Intensive:

  • Two two-hour sessions a month;
  • Weekly assignments;
  • Drafts of writing will be discussed in the workshop;
  • Two individual conferences with Marita;
  • Each month the group will read and discuss a published memoir or essay collection;
  • Guest appearance by the author of a published memoir;
  • Lecture on the business of publishing, finding an agent, and getting published;
  • Discussion of memoirs on the reading list; and
  • After the Intensive, participants can submit up to 50 pages for evaluation.

Reading List:


  • Finding Me by Viola Davis
  • Migrations of the Heart by Marita Golden
  • All Over But the Shoutin by Rick Bass
  • Heavy An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
  • Maid by Stephanie Land
  • The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
  • The Art of Slow Writing Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity by Louise DeSalvo


Marita Golden is an award-winning author of 20 works of fiction and nonfiction, a master teacher of writing coach, a mentor, and a literary and creative writing consultant. As a literary activist, she co-founded the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation. She works with writers to help them skillfully and powerfully tell their story. In her workshops, her coaching, and manuscript evaluation she enables writers to write in their most authentic, creative, and personal literary voice. 

As a teacher of writing Marita has served as a member of the faculties of the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and in the MA Creative Writing Program at John Hopkins University, and as Writer in Residence at the University of the District of Columbia. She has taught at the University of Lagos in Nigeria and workshops nationally and internationally to a variety of constituencies.

Her novel The Wide Circumference of Love, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her other books include the novels After and The Edge of Heaven and the memoirs Saving Our Sons and Don’t Play in the Sun One Woman’s Journey Through the Color Complex. She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets and Writers and the Fiction Award for her novel After, awarded by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her most recent book is The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women.

Still wondering if this is for you?. Yes, if you are ready to take action and make an impact with your memoir while you have the unique opportunity to work with Marita and become a part of a community of writers who have a high vision for their future and a mission to write powerful memories!


Here's What Writers Have to Say

M Shelly Connor gives a testimonial of Marita Golden's services
Kaia Alderson gives a testimonial of Marita Golden's services
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“When I was writing an early draft of my novel, Yellow Wife, I called Marita to talk out some of the issues I was having. She told me to remember that I wasn't writing a story about slavery; slavery was just the backdrop. At the heart of the story, it was about love, sacrifice, and family. That really changed my perspective and from that point, the story really flowed. Her ear and eye to what writers need to push their story is like no other teacher I've had.” Sadeqa Johnson

GET STARTED TODAY for just $2499


- OR 3 Easy Payments of $833 -


This will be a small workshop!

Space for this Intensive is extremely limited so be sure to make your payments early.

We will meet from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm EDT on the following dates:

  • September 14 and 28
  • October 12 and 26
  • November 16 and 30
  • December 7 and 21
  • January 11 and 25
  • February 8 and 22

The final draft of up to 50 pages is due March 1 for evaluation by Marita.

It’s time to write your memoir.

Don’t let this opportunity to work with a master writing teacher pass you by!