Memoir 101: A Writing Prompt from Jessica Wilbanks

The instructors at the WLT teach classes for writers looking to improve their craft and learn about the publishing industry and they generously provide writing prompts to help you get your creative juices flowing. 

On Saturday, April 2nd, Jessica Wilbanks is teaching a class for the WLT called “Memoir 101: Everything You Need to Know to (Finally) Start Your Memoir.” In this class, you’ll begin to mine your life for material and work through a series of prompts designed to turn rich, messy fragments into surprising narratives and powerful prose.

Check out Jessica’s featured writing prompt:

Begin a piece with this line, “To understand the story I’m about to tell you, you need to know…” (Inspired by a conversation with Frances Lefkowitz)

If you’d like to learn more about the instructor and her advice, click here to read Jessica Wilbank’s interview with the WLT.

Our WLT Bookshop also features book recommendations from the WLT staff and our amazing instructors, including a new memoir suggestion from Jessica Wilbanks that confronts complex family relationships.

And if you’re looking for even more writing prompts to inspire you, find all of the previous featured writing prompts under our resources page here

If you liked this prompt and are looking to learn more about memoir writing, don’t forget to register for Jessica’s upcoming class “Memoir 101: Everything You Need to Know to (Finally) Start Your Memoir” happening this Saturday, April 2nd, 2022.

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