Everyone has a story to tell, and crafting it into written form can be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding creative outlets. If you want to write a memoir or explore personal storytelling but struggle to get started or find a writing rhythm, then this workshop is for you. Focusing on both “boot camp” and on instruction in the craft of writing, this workshop will encourage you to develop and maintain writing goals and discipline, and, just as importantly, will help you find your voice, carve out the heart of your story  – and find what’s really at stake in it.

For writers of all levels and experience who want to begin or have already started writing a memoir.

Memoir writing Bootcamp

Next Bootcamp TBA

Fee $200


Christina Thyssen

Christina Thyssen is a writer, story coach and teacher. She holds a Ph.D in American literature and teaches writing and literature at University at Albany. She also teaches writing to prison inmates. As a story coach, she works with both individual writers and organizations in their effort to shape and tell their story. She is the producer of On The Fly, a monthly Moth-style story slam in Hudson NY and is currently at work on a memoir about raising a special needs daughter.

Larissa Phillips

Larissa is the author of City Stories (Townsend Press, 2016), a collection of 24 stories written for adult beginning readers. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Salon, Cosmopolitan, and Allure, and she has written several middle-grade educational books for Rosen Publishing. She has written regular columns for The New York Daily Newsupstater.net, and NY Press. She was the regional senior editor at New York Family magazine, and worked as an editor at Ladies Home Journal and other publications.

To sign up, please contact Christina Thyssen: mail@christinathyssen.com