WRITERS' WORKSHOP PROGRAM: January 10-14, 2022

Bich Minh Nguyen

Finding Clarity and Direction in Your Memoir

Bich Minh Nguyen
Bich Minh Nguyen
  • January 10-14, 2022
  • Mixed Levels, $600
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Whether you’re just starting to write a memoir or it’s already in progress, this workshop will help you navigate the process. Structure is a major challenge in memoir writing, and we will talk about that in depth, aiming to find a sense of overall clarity and direction, narration, and reflection in a supportive environment geared toward discussion, openness, and inspiration.

Participants are encouraged to submit a first chapter (or beginning pages) and an outline or synopsis. This workshop will not ask anyone to stay silent while the rest of the group discusses the work; rather, we will welcome every writer’s questions and ideas, so that all are included and involved.


  • This is an mixed level workshop.
  • Please submit a cover letter that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.
  • The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a deposit of $200 is required to register, with the balance due by September 30.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.


Bich Minh (Beth) Nguyen is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner and the novels Short Girls, and Pioneer Girl. Her work has received an American Book Award and a PEN/Jerard Award, among other honors, and has been featured in numerous anthologies and university and community reads programs. Nguyen is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction.