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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Reinhardt

Learning opportunities available for aspiring memoir writers

Based on favorable comments and follow-up questions regarding the recent program about memoir writing, here are two upcoming opportunities that will explore the topic.

The St. Louis Community College department of continuing education will offer a class, “Write Your Memoir,” from June 7–July 19, 2021. This online six-part course will be taught by Jordan Oakes (there will be no class on July 5) and will be offered on Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oakes is a St. Louis freelance writer and editor. The cost is $99 ($54.50 for ages 60 and older). For more information, visit or call (314) 984-7777.

The St. Louis Publishers Association will present an online program, “How to Write a Memoir That Wins Over Readers and Publishers,” from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 14. Nellwyn Lampert—author, book coach, and nonfiction editor—will outline the four-pillar framework for writers who seek to write memoirs with meaning and purpose. The program is free of charge. Visit for more information.

Life writer Linda Austin, one of the featured speakers from February’s program, has a website with resources for those interested in pursuing a memoir. Visit and click on the “resources” tab in the menu.

To revisit February’s program featuring Austin and author Vivian Gibson (The Last Children of Mill Creek), click on the link (you'll be redirected to our new Vimeo page).

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