Certificate in Memoir Writing

Shape and Share Your Story


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $2,370

Next start date

October 2017

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About this Program

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, whose books include powerful examinations of his experience in a Nazi concentration camp, once said, “I write to understand as much as to be understood.” Autobiographical writing gives us a unique opportunity to delve deeply into our own lives in order to better comprehend them, and to share the honest and intimate details of our journey with others.

This three-course certificate program will allow you to explore the art of autobiographical storytelling and the mechanics of writing a book-length memoir or collection of essays. You’ll discover your true voice and material as you learn the secrets of compelling dialogue, vivid description and story structure. Embark on the enriching and cathartic process of telling the story of your life.


Those interested in finding their true story and writing and publishing their memoir.

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  • How to cull material from your life and establish your writing schedule, goals and vision
  • Organizational devices such as narrative arc, character development, scene and summary
  • Insights for writing about personal secrets and other sensitive subjects
  • Approaches for strengthening your voice and revising and polishing your work
  • How to write query letters and proposals and develop relationships with figures in the publishing industry


Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

Not available for this program


Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program