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Writing the Hybrid Memoir

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Is it feeling increasingly difficult to contain your memoir project to one genre? Can you not help but reach for cultural criticism and historical citations, or are you struggling to suppress the urge to report out certain aspects of your book? It sounds like you've got a hybrid, or blended, memoir on your hands. 

In this 2.5 hour class, we'll establish what, exactly, makes a hybrid memoir, in language that will help define your project for agents and editors. We'll discuss how to structure the sprawl, and look at examples from memoirists who get the blend just right. By the end of class, you'll have the template you need to both articulate and sell your project, as well as the narrative techniques you need to move forward with confidence.

One day intensive
Saturday, May 6, 2023 
10:00am-12:30pm EST on Zoom 

Who should take this class?
Anyone working on a memoir who is thinking about expanding past the traditional memoir genre and format. 

Praise for Jeanna Kadlec 
"Both memoir and thesis, this book highlights a cultural, social, and spiritual journey that will resonate with many." — Kirkus Reviews

“Heretic is an intelligent and highly entertaining memoir. Part cultural history, part personal history, Jeanna Kadlec writes with perspective and poignancy. Her writing excavates the ideal of a good Christian woman and reveals it for all it ever truly was, a myth. Kadlec is a captivating storyteller and cultural historian. Heretic is both an insight into America's regressive politics and a memoir of astonishing honesty and beautiful complexity. From her life as a good Christian girl to her emergence as a queer woman, Kadlec writes with voice and conviction. Heretic is a memoir that employs a coming of sexuality and a coming of womanhood with a prose that is empowering and beautiful." — Lyz Lenz, author of Godland and Belabored


Class Details

1 Session(s)

NA - Online

Jeanna Kadlec 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
5/6/2023 - 5/6/2023 Daily - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM N/A - Online Jeanna Kadlec  Online - Virtual