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“More than Memory: Using Research to Enhance Your Memoir” with Ursula Pike

March 2 2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST

$59.00 – $119.00


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$59 for Members
$119 for Non-Members

Registration for the live webinar has closed, but you can register to receive the recording only. The recording will be made available for 30 days starting 03/04/24. 

Can’t make it to the live class? No problem! All classes are recorded and made available to class registrants for one month.

Memoirs begin with a writer attempting to understand their lives, but personal reflections can only take you so far. 

Research can give a deeper meaning to your personal narrative and help you find specific details that you had forgotten or never knew. In this workshop we’ll discuss the variety of research techniques that can strengthen your personal narrative. We’ll look at examples of research in memoirs that provide social, cultural, or environmental context to a personal narrative. We will detail the why, how, and when of researching your memoir, the dos and don’ts of research, and how to keep research from becoming procrastination. The workshop will include a discussion of unique and outdated research and how writers can reflect on imperfect sources in their memoirs.


  • You’re writing a memoir and want to understand how research might help you tell your story.
  • You can’t remember everything about the time in your life that you’re writing about.
  • You’d like to make your memoir more dynamic by including historical context.
  • You’re just starting to write your memoir and aren’t sure if your story is enough.
  • You’re revising your memoir and know it needs something but aren’t sure what.

The deadline to register for this class is Friday, March 1 at 5:00 PM CST.

Note: This class and “Tackling the Problems of Memory in Memoir” with Rachel Starnes are each designed to help you add depth to your personal narrative. Paired together, you’ll develop a nuanced and comprehensive approach to including and moving beyond your own memories.



The WLT is committed to making our online classes accessible to all writers including writers who do not have the financial means to pay for programming. Five (5) seats in this class have been set aside for scholarship recipients to attend free of charge. Please fill out this application no later than 2 days prior to the class to be considered for one of the scholarship seats. We do not ask for any corroborating documents; we only ask that you help us understand your situation. If you are selected for one of the available seats you will be notified via email (from ) no later than 24 hours before the start of the class. Please note, each writer is limited to no more than four (4) total scholarship seats per catalog season.


Ursula Pike is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts and is the author of An Indian among los Indígenas: A Native Travel Memoir from Heyday Books. Her work has been included in the collections Know We Are Here: Voices of Native California Resistance (Heyday Books) and A Fire to Light Our Tongues: Texas Writers on Spirituality (TCU Press). Her writing won the 2019 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest in the memoir category and has appeared in Lit Hub, Yellow Medicine Review, World Literature Today, and Ligeia Magazine. Ms. Pike has an M.A. in Economics from Western Illinois University. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia. Ursula is an enrolled member of the Karuk Tribe and grew up in California and Oregon.

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Closed captioning is available for all online classes and special events.

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Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email the WLT staff at wlt@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform an hour before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.


March 2 2024
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST
$59.00 – $119.00
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Online via Zoom