Your story matters.
If you have thought about writing a memoir but have no idea where to begin, this is the class for you. In a supportive environment, we invite you into the storytelling mindset with guided prompts while also introducing the fundamentals of memoir writing—characterization, voice, setting, emotional resonance—using mentor texts as inspiration. Each week we come together to discover the stories we were meant to tell and the motivation needed to start and continue our own writing practice.
Meet Your Instructor: Marissa Elliott
“Writing is connection. Teaching is about creating room. Carving out space. Softening the landing for all the rough travels life hands us. I want my students to harness the pieces of themselves they have shut down, hidden, walled off because they thought the world wasn’t interested. The world needs voices. It needs loud passionate quiet angry patient voices. I’m honored to walk alongside writers as they make a difference, one word at a time.”
Marissa Elliott is a passionate writer and educator with over 10 years experience as a college professor. During her MFA program, Marissa composed a memoir-based work of fiction and is currently co-authoring a soon-to-be-published memoir on Dr. Stephen Valle’s work with addiction, recovery, and the prison system. In her current role as the Director of Operations and Special Projects at Northern Essex Community College, writing and connecting with students continues to be a daily vocation. Marissa spends all her free time coaching youth softball players and hanging out with her 12-year-old daughter, (a recent published author and national writing award competition winner), her 10-year-old nonbinary child (who is determined to invent cancer-curing robots), and her two dogs, two cats, and bearded dragon.
Project Write Now offers no refunds or credits once registered, except in the unfortunate case a class or event is cancelled. We reserve the right to change instructors if necessary. We reserve the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule any class, workshop, or event because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us at email@example.com or call 908.675.0467 for more information.