More Than ME-moir: Finding the Universal in the Personal


IN-PERSON EVENT AT ZIBBY MEDIA OFFICE - Sunday, January 21, 2024 from 1 to 3 p.m. (EST).  Everyone has a story, but how do we know if it is "enough?" How do we build past a journal entry and into the realm of essay or chapter? In the best memoir, says Vivian Gornick, "what happened to the writer is not what matters; what matters is the larger sense that the writer is able to make of what happened." Through short readings, generative exercises, and observation, we'll work together to stretch toward the universal by illuminating the particular. 

Class Details

Cost: $89.00

Format: In person

Location: Zibby Media Office,121 East 71st Street, Apartment 2 in New York, NY

Class Start: Sunday, January 21, 2024 from 1 to 3 p.m. (EST).

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About the Instructor

Kelly McMasters is an essayist, professor, mother, and former bookshop owner. She is the author of the Zibby Book Club pick The Leaving Season: A Memoir-in-Essays (WW Norton, 2023) and co-editor of the ABA national bestseller Wanting: Women Writing About Desire (Catapult, 2023). Her first book, Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town, was listed as one of Oprah's top 5 summer memoirs and is the basis for the documentary film ‘The Atomic States of America,’ a 2012 Sundance selection, and the anthology she co-edited with Margot Kahn, This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home (Seal Press, 2017), was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Her essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in The AtlanticThe New York TimesThe Washington Post Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, The American Scholar, River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction, among others. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia's School of the Arts and is the recipient of a Pushcart nomination and an Orion Book Award nomination. Kelly taught writing at, Franklin & Marshall College, NYU's Gallatin School, and in the undergraduate writing program and Journalism Graduate School at Columbia University, among others. She is currently an Associate Professor of English and Director of Publishing Studies at Hofstra University in NY.

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