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"Deepening the Narrative: Moving Beyond the Self in Memoir" with Donna Johnson

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St. Edward's University, Moody Hall 204
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

1/14/2017 From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

$99 members (sign in for member pricing)

$159 nonmembers


SOLD OUT -- No walkup registrations will be accepted.


Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Location Note: This class is held in Moody Hall, Room 204. This is a different building from past years' classes at St. Edward's University. You can find a campus map here


No matter how exciting or meaningful the story, memoir wears thin when focused solely on individual experience. In this class:

  • We will learn how recurring images and reflection add depth and resonance to personal narratives.
  • We will read and discuss short passages from some of today’s most exciting memoirists.
  • The fun will come in applying what we learn to our own memoirs. Please feel free bring pieces of your project to work on.


About the instructor: 

Donna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a memoir deemed “enthralling” by the New York Times and “compulsively readable” by Texas Monthly. The book made the Memoirs We Love list twice and took top honors at the Books for a Better Life Awards in New York. Donna’s work has appeared in several anthologies as well as the Huffington Post, Shambhala Sun, The Rumpus, Psychology Today and other publications. She is currently at work on a second memoir as well as a journalistic project.

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NOTE: Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For policies, please visit our Classes page.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at

Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit