Memoir is a popular genre here at PWN’s Writers Institute. On our Fall Session I schedule, we have three memoir classes, one flash class, and one personal essay class. And we also have the yearlong book inc program that will start up again in January 2023. It’s obvious we love true stories. With that in mind, we asked some of our instructors and our writers to tell us what memoirs have inspired them.Read details
by Elizabeth Jannuzzi
I am currently enrolled in book inc’s Memoir Incubator program. When I looked at the calendar and realized the deadline for my first full manuscript was fast approaching (less than two months away, gulp!), I decided to attend a Writers Retreat to give myself some time to polish my memoir manuscript.
PWN welcomes Kate Devine to our instructor family. Kate Devine is a writer and teacher whose work has been featured in New York Magazine’s The Cut, Entropy, and other literary magazines. For this summer session, Kate is teaching Personal Essay: Lyric & Alternative Forms. We asked Kate a few questions to get to know her better and to learn more about this new essay form.Read details
Ah, summer! The season known as a time to relax, enjoy the outdoors, and possibly take a vacation. It is also known as the season to read … a lot! We asked our team members to let us know what they are reading this summer, whether it be at the beach, the lake, or on their own back decks. Here are their answers:Read details
In Spring 2021 I was going through a bad break up. I’d fallen in love with journalism in college and, after many happy decades together, we faced a turning point.
We’d had a great run through the New York magazine scene in the 80s, 90s and early oughts. An array of trips, concerts, and glamorous parties took my mind off of how little publishing actually paid. But as the perks began to disappear—along with print publications—journalism and I stood on the brink of divorce.
For our summer session, Eileen Whitener is once again teaching one of PWN’s generative writing classes, Just Write. Aimed at the shy or new writer (and with the help of guided writing prompts), this class offers a supportive environment to invite you into the storytelling mindset. We “sat down” with Eileen to talk about how to coax out the hidden writer …Read details