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Krystal Sital

Crafting Strong Narratives from Real Life

Krystal Sital, photo by Elwira Katarzyna Maciejewski
Krystal Sital, photo by Elwira Katarzyna Maciejewski
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Memoir writing is a rich genre anchored and driven by truth, which means it can be incredibly personal, solitary, and taxing just as much as it can be public, rooted in community, and celebratory. In addition to workshopping each student’s writing and discussing craft techniques, we will also do in-class writing exercises centered on topics that arise organically within the classroom. Short readings, accessible online, may also be used to help guide comments and critiques, as well as generate discussions on craft. After class on the day each student’s work is discussed, he or she will have the opportunity to meet with the instructor semi-privately, along with the others who’ve shared during that session.


This workshop is currently FULL. Apply here to be an alternate. Please note that we have allocated our financial aid for this class.

  • 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.


Krystal A. Sital is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad. A PEN America Literary Award finalist and Hertog Fellow, her work has appeared in ELLE, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times, Well, Salon, Catapult, Today’s Parent, LitHub, Brain Child, the Caribbean Writer, and elsewhere. Sital has taught creative writing, gender and sexuality, business writing, and peoples and cultures of the Caribbean at Fairleigh Dickinson University and at New Jersey City University. She now teaches in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College on Lake Tahoe.