CLASSES

Jan 9 (1 Tuesday Afternoon)

Memoir 101

Memoir Essentials Class

  • Online
    Jan 9 (1 Tuesday Afternoon)
    5:30pm – 8:30pm Pacific
    $100
    1 Spot Left

stash-memoir-book-coverAre you a natural-born storyteller looking to stretch your wings or a newbie writer with an itch to share a yarn of your own? In this one-day lecture-only online memoir class, successful memoirist Laura Cathcart Robbins (Simon & Schuster, The Only One In The Room Podcast, Good Housekeeping) will share her secrets for turning your life’s twists and turns into compelling personal narratives that only you can write! If you’re a self-starter who’s looking for all the tools to hit the ground running or if you’re a newbie who wants to get an overview of what memoir writing is all about, this is the class for you. Laura will cover crucial topics such as how to craft yourself as a main character, digging deep, and writing with vivid, compelling detail. There will be in-class exercises to start on your memoir, but there will be limited sharing of work. Experienced and beginning writers welcome.

26 students have published books after taking class!

Laura Cathcart Robbins

Memoir (Simon & Schuster), The Only One In The Room Podcast, Good Housekeeping, HuffPo

Laura Cathcart Robbins is the host of the popular podcast, The Only One In The Room, and author of the Atria/Simon & Schuster memoir, STASH My Life In Hiding, published March 2023. Her recent articles in Good Housekeeping, HuffPo, The Temper on the subjects of race, recovery, and divorce have garnered her worldwide acclaim. She is a Moth StorySlam winner and a 2022 TEDx Speaker. Her podcast, The Only One In The Room, was chosen by Bustle Magazine twice as a top podcast alongside This… MORE

Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 20 (5 Tuesday Afternoons)

Intro to Memoir

  • Online
    Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 20 (5 Tuesday Afternoons)
    5:30pm – 8:30pm Pacific
    $425
    1 Spot Left

Are you a natural-born storyteller looking to stretch your wings or a newbie writer with an itch to share a yarn of your own? In this five-week introductory memoir class, successful memoirist Laura Cathcart Robbins (Simon & Schuster, The Only One In The Room Podcast, Good Housekeeping) will help you dig into your past to excavate compelling personal narratives that only you can write. Then, she’ll teach you the foundations of creative nonfiction craft to structure, refine and polish the results.

stash-memoir-book-coverThrough informative craft lectures, fun in-class writing exercises, illuminating examples and workshopping, you’ll find your story, develop yourself as a specific dimensional character, delve into scene writing, discover themes, hone dialogue and craft vivid settings. In addition to strategies for writing your memoir, additional topics include finding an agent and publishing your book. By the end of the class you’ll have a better understanding of your unique POV and have written a stack of moving scenes. Plus, you can bring in up to 1200 words every other class for feedback. Experienced and beginning writers welcome. Pulitzer not included!

26 students have published books after taking class!

Laura Cathcart Robbins

Memoir (Simon & Schuster), The Only One In The Room Podcast, Good Housekeeping, HuffPo

Laura Cathcart Robbins is the host of the popular podcast, The Only One In The Room, and author of the Atria/Simon & Schuster memoir, STASH My Life In Hiding, published March 2023. Her recent articles in Good Housekeeping, HuffPo, The Temper on the subjects of race, recovery, and divorce have garnered her worldwide acclaim. She is a Moth StorySlam winner and a 2022 TEDx Speaker. Her podcast, The Only One In The Room, was chosen by Bustle Magazine twice as a top podcast alongside This… MORE

Feb 27, Mar 5, Mar 19, Mar 26, Apr 2 (5 Tuesday Afternoons)

Podcasting 1

Start Your Podcast

  • Online
    Feb 27, Mar 5, Mar 19, Mar 26, Apr 2 (5 Tuesday Afternoons)
    5:00pm – 8:00pm Pacific
    $495
    Limited Spots

Is it your dream to create the next Serial, This American Life, or Startup? If so, this is the class for you! In this five-week Online Podcasting Class, Podcasting expert Laura Cathcart-Robbins will teach you the fundamentals of this engaging new storytelling form. Through informative craft lectures, in-class writing exercises, deconstructing successful podcasts and hands-on training you will learn how top tier shows are developed, researched, written, and produced.

The Only One in the RoomIn addition, you will explore tools of the trade such as interviewing techniques, use of archival audio, guidance on audio editing, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class you will have thoroughly developed an idea for your own podcast and have at least a solid outline of your pilot episode. Pulitzer not included.

Required Equipment:
1. A WIFI ready laptop.
2. An inexpensive audio recorder, or an iPhone or cell phone with a good voice recording app.

Laura Cathcart Robbins

Memoir (Simon & Schuster), The Only One In The Room Podcast, Good Housekeeping, HuffPo

Laura Cathcart Robbins is the host of the popular podcast, The Only One In The Room, and author of the Atria/Simon & Schuster memoir, STASH My Life In Hiding, published March 2023. Her recent articles in Good Housekeeping, HuffPo, The Temper on the subjects of race, recovery, and divorce have garnered her worldwide acclaim. She is a Moth StorySlam winner and a 2022 TEDx Speaker. Her podcast, The Only One In The Room, was chosen by Bustle Magazine twice as a top podcast alongside This… MORE

Feb 20 (1 Tuesday Afternoon)

Podcasting 101

  • Online
    Feb 20 (1 Tuesday Afternoon)
    5:00pm – 8:00pm Pacific
    $95
    Limited Spots

In this one-day podcasting seminar, Podcasting expert Laura Cathcart-Robbins will give you an overview of popular podcast formats, interviewing techniques, and audio editing basics. Through an informative craft lecture, in-class interviewing exercises, and deconstructing successful podcasts, you’ll learn how top-tier shows are developed, researched, written, & produced. Some students may even get the opportunity to get feedback on their podcast concept. By the end of the class, you’ll walk away with helpful tools to develop your own podcast.

Laura Cathcart Robbins

Memoir (Simon & Schuster), The Only One In The Room Podcast, Good Housekeeping, HuffPo

Laura Cathcart Robbins is the host of the popular podcast, The Only One In The Room, and author of the Atria/Simon & Schuster memoir, STASH My Life In Hiding, published March 2023. Her recent articles in Good Housekeeping, HuffPo, The Temper on the subjects of race, recovery, and divorce have garnered her worldwide acclaim. She is a Moth StorySlam winner and a 2022 TEDx Speaker. Her podcast, The Only One In The Room, was chosen by Bustle Magazine twice as a top podcast alongside This… MORE