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New York Writers Workshop: MEMOIR WRITING with Karol Nielsen
Goddard Riverside Community Center, The Bernie Wohl Center
New York, NY
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New York Writers Workshop: MEMOIR WRITING with Karol Nielsen
Nov. 6-Dec. 18, 2019 (no classes Nov. 27th)
6 Wednesdays
6:30-8:30 pm

This workshop will help the memoir writer find and shape a personal narrative whether a short essay or a book-length memoir. Weekly lectures and in-class exercises will illuminate the elements of storytelling used to write a memoir: structure, characterization, plot, description, dialogue, point-of-view, style, voice, and revision. Works developed in my classes have been published as books and essays with honors in The Best American Essays and elsewhere. I believe in a warm, supportive atmosphere where even the most unformed idea can turn into a work of substance and art.

Karol Nielsen worked as a journalist before becoming an author, editor, and writing instructor. She is the author of the memoirs Walking A&P (Mascot Books, 2018) and Black Elephants (Bison Books, 2011), selected as a New and Noteworthy Book by Poets & Writers in 2011 and shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing in nonfiction in 2012. Excerpts from her memoir were honored as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays  in 2010 and 2005. Her poetry chapbook This Woman I Thought Id Be (Finishing Line Press, 2012) includes poems from her full collection, selected as a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry in 2007. She has contributed essays and poems to The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous and Obscure (Harper Perennial, 2012), Ink Stained (Ink Stained Press, 2013), and many publications, including Epiphany, Guernica, Lumina, North Dakota Quarterly, Old Red Kimono, Permafrost, RiverSedge, Smith, Used Furniture Review, Women's Voices for Change, and Woodstock Poetry Society. As a journalist, she covered Latin America, the Middle East, New York City, and other beats, contributing to Jane's and Thompson Reuters' magazines as a staff writer and editor, New York Newsday and the Stamford Advocate op-ed page as a freelance writer, the New York Times as a stringer, and others. She has served as senior editor, nonfiction editor, and contributing editor of Epiphany, an award-winning literary magazine. She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She teaches writing workshops at New York University and New York Writers Workshop.

Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center
647 Columbus Avenue (@ 91st St.)
New York, NY 10024


Goddard Riverside Community Center, The Bernie Wohl Center (View)
647 Columbus Avenue (@ 91st Street)
New York, NY 10024
United States


Arts > Literary
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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