A Live Workshop: Journal-Keeping for Memoir Writers

Journal-Keeping for Memoir Writers

a workshop
Journal-Keeping for Memoir Writers

Thursday, January 26, 2026
11 AM PT / 2 PM EST

Spend an hour-and-a-half with me as I walk you through the process of journal-keeping for both your current memoir idea and the memoir ideas to come, paving the way for the books that you, & only you, are made to write. You’ll excavate memories in your journal, using concrete exercises and prompts, to get to the details you need for the project you have in mind—no more wandering in the foggy lands of and I don’t remember how exactly that went—as well as recording the events of your life for future personal nonfiction and memoir projects. In keeping a journal now, using the ideas that you learn in this workshop, you’ll even inspire topics for writing that you didn’t know your life contained.

This workshop includes a beautifully designed printable workbook, slideshow, Discord channel for gathering with your fellow students, follow-up resources, live transcription, and recording in case you can’t make it live.


“Esmé’s classes are among my favorite to take for a few reasons. First of all, I am a fan of her writing and trust her expertise. This is the initial hook. However, I find her to be a smart and insightful teacher and appreciate her teaching style, which is patient, approachable, and calm. Her assistant Chloe, who attends and helps facilitate all of the sessions, has a similar energy, so they complement each other well. I always prefer quiet power over noisy, frenetic instruction. In addition to the general atmosphere of the teaching, the courses are always well-prepared, organized, and professional. They have a system, and it works.”

Sara V.

“The level of professionalism combined with sincerity immediately put me at ease. As someone just starting out, you don’t know what you don’t know and your workshop answered questions I didn’t know to ask. I also deeply appreciated the attention to accessibility for various learning styles and sensory needs. Having a live transcript in addition traditional audio/video made it easier to relax, absorb the material, and just enjoy the discussion.”

Jen M.

“Esmé is such a grounded and generous teacher—sharing from the truth of her own vast writing and life experience. Our workshop time flew by, and yet it felt calm and easeful as well. I took lots of useful notes, and I really appreciated the generative and supportive chat. I can’t wait for upcoming workshops!”

Nicole A.


“Esmé is exceedingly knowledgeable and her teaching style is the perfect blend of calmly explaining every step of the writing process so you won’t be left confused and answering additional questions. She also puts much thought into every answer instead of giving a quick reply—I felt seen, taken care of and special, even though it was a group workshop.”

Navina B.


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