5-week Zoom Class

Starts Fall 2021

$247 for the 5-week series

10% of proceeds will go to The Beata Vest Scholarship Fund at Portland Adult Education

financially challenged households eligible for partial Scholarships

This class is for you if…

  • you want to write your memoir but don’t know where to start
  • you are a beginning writer who doesn’t feel qualified to write
  • you are part-way there and in need of inspiration

In this 5-WEEK SERIES of 90-minute live classes, learn to tame the chaos of memory into the art of memoir.

Learn to write from your heart, create memorable scenes, bring your characters to life, and approach trauma-writing with sensitivity.

Classes will include lectures, Q & A, writing practice and weekly prompts.

Captivating and structured just right, the class opened my mind to a different way of writing.


I was pleased to find I could dip into a tender place and write.

I love the way this encouraged me to dig deep.

I was able to write about what has haunted me for 25 years.

Catharine H. Murray, MFA, is an author, editor, writing guide and book coach. Her memoir, Now You See the Sky (Akashic Books, 2018), topped Portland’s Best-Seller list for Non-fiction in January, 2019. Murray leads online classes and workshops to help people use writing as a tool for healing. She is trained as a Traumatic Incident Facilitator and works one-on-one to assist clients in working through grief and trauma. Venues for her talks and workshops have included Ocean Park Writers’ Conference, Harvard University, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Maine State Prison, and the University of New England. Murray earned her BA from Harvard University and her MFA in Creative Writing at USM’s Stonecoast Writing Program.

To register: The Fall, 2021 Memoir 101 session has not yet been scheduled. To receive information about the class, please click HERE to fill out an application form.

2. When you receive a response from me with the dates and times, you may pay by PayPal (or use the PayPal button below).

If you prefer, you may pay by Venmo (writingwithcatharine@gmail.com). And if a personal check or paying by credit card over the phone is better, I will send you my contact information when I receive your registration.

Memoir 101: Writing the Stories of Your Life

5-week Live Online Zoom Class Tuition is fully refundable up to 48 hours before first class.


If you don’t hear back from me within 48 hours after registering, please contact me here.

10% OF PROCEEDS WILL GO TO The Beata Vest Scholarship Fund at Portland Adult Education

Financially challenged households eligible for partial scholarships.

If you have questions or would like to apply for a partial scholarship, contact me here.