Writing History, Writing Memoir | Newberry

Writing History, Writing Memoir

Led by Dr. Caroline Malloy.
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Three sessions. Thursdays, July 14-July 28.


Virtual (Full - Register for Waitlist on Learning Stream)

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Seminar Description

We all have a story to tell, but how many of us see our story as part of History? Memoirs illuminate the past in remarkable ways. In memoir, you share your lived experience of a moment, an era, another person. You recount how you moved through life and changed and grew. Yet your story is only one piece of the bigger story of that moment in time.

In this three-part course, Dr. Caroline Malloy will lead participants through a series of challenges and exercises to embrace the historical significance of their own life story. Both as a Book Coach and Historian, Caroline encourages writers to understand how and why History needs their story.

Participants will begin or continue their own writing with new perspectives and skills focused on the universal value of their experiences and the historical value of their words. This class is hands-on and expects participants to be ready to write their life in new and important historical ways.

Dr. Caroline Malloy is a Historian and Book Coach specializing in heritage projects and the re/use of historical stories. She spends several months a year as a Resident Historian with Viking Cruises.

Materials List


  • Instructor-Distributed Materials

First Reading:

  • Please read “Preface,” from Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir before our first class. Additionally, come prepared to discuss your favorite memoir and WHY it is your favorite memoir.

Cost and Registration Information 

Three sessions. Registration: $85 ($76.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students)

Please note: You’ll register for this class on a platform called Learning Stream. Questions? Contact us at adulteducation@newberry.org.

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