R105 | Writing Your Story: An Introduction to Memoir


1:30 – 3:00 pm

In-person at the

BCC South County Center

343 Main Street

 Great Barrington, MA

9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21 & 10/28

Six Sessions 

This course is offered in-person in Great Barrington, MA. Please note that all in-person course attendees must affirm that they have been fully vaccinated when registering and must wear masks in class at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

This is a workshop on writing the personal memoir, for writers of all levels, conducted in six weekly 90-minute sessions. Participants will read and discuss examples of short memoir pieces, and then work on memoir-writing exercises in response to the instructor’s prompts. Those who enroll may bring journals, letters, photographs, or other mementos that will stimulate memories of the people, places, and events that have been important in their lives. Participants should expect to spend some time on homework assignments between class meetings.

Limited Registration: 18

Vivian Dorsel holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  She was editor and publisher of upstreet literary magazine for 17 years.  She coordinated and taught writing workshops for Word Street and Pittsfield READS, and also taught workshops for the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, the YMCA’s Women’s Wellness Weekend, Taconic High School, and the public libraries in Pittsfield, MA; New Lebanon, NY; Atkinson, NH; and Charlotte, NC.  She received the 2017 Purple with Purpose Award from the Williams College Berkshire Regional Alumni Association and the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze Medal, for upstreet number four.  Ms. Dorsel was Managing Editor of The Berkshire Review for seven of its fourteen years and the Editorial Consultant for the Taconic High student literary magazine, The Double Edged Sword.



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