Story Circle Online Classes

We are now accepting proposals for these class terms:
  • July 24-September 18, 2017 (deadline June 4, 2017)
  • September 18-November 13, 2017 (deadline July 30, 2017)

The Story Circle Network has been offering classes, workshops, conferences, writing and reading circles, and online programs—all designed for women—since 1997.

Programs for Women
Our central program focus is writing about our lives—about women's lives. We have offered courses and educational programs (both as workshops and online classes) in memoir, reminiscence, journaling, poetry, family stories, kitchen table stories, writing-as-healing, place writing and nature writing, writing for personal growth and spiritual development, and poetry. We also accept fiction proposals: learning and using fiction techniques, fiction in memoir, fictionalizing women's lives, etc.

We teach general writing skills, organization, and critical editing, as well as technical skills in book design and development, online marketing, blogging, and other Internet-related activities.

We are expanding our course offerings so that more of our teaching work is available online, open to both members of the Story Circle Network and women non-members.

Len Leatherwood Our faculty members, all women, are experienced teachers and published writers with a special interest in helping women explore their lives. If you are a skilled writer who is experienced in teaching memoir, journaling, life-based fiction, and other lifewriting forms and are interested in joining our faculty, we'd like to hear from you.

Online Resources
We offer many resources to lifewriters. We also publish a regular e-letter, with information about our current online courses and other SCN activities (go here to subscribe).

Our Books
SCN is an active publisher of books, anthologies, a quarterly journal (The Story Circle Journal), and an annual anthology (True Words from Real Women: An Anthology of Story Circle Writings). Our published titles include:

What Wildness is This
What Wildness is This:
Women Write About the Southwest

(University of Texas Press, 2007)
With Courage and Common Sense
With Courage and Common Sense:
Memoirs from the Older Women's Legacy Circles

(University of Texas Press, 2003)
Kitchen Table Stories
Kitchen Table Stories
Starting Points
Starting Points:
Weekly Writing Prompts
for Women with Stories to Tell

(2007, 2014)
Your Life, Your Story
Your Life, Your Story

You will find a list of published SCN authors here. You'll find links to our SCN bloggers here.

Book Reviews, Podcasts, Contests, and More
In addition to its educational programs, SCN sponsors a women's book review website, an annual lifewriting contest (open to members only), and biannual conferences: LifeLines Writing Retreat and our National Memoir Conference.

True Words from Women Writers About Writing

Spring #2 2017
LifeWriting Classes
for Women

Memoir and Lifewriting:

Writing Your Hero's Journey
(May 22-July 3, 2017)

Exploring the World of Writing Creative Nonfiction with the Help of 'Tell It Slant' by Miller and Paola
(May 29-July 17, 2017)

Journaling & Self-Discovery:

Learning from Julia Cameron's 'The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity,' Part I
(May 29-July 17, 2017)

The Medicine Wheel as a Tool for Writers
(June 5-July 17, 2017)

Finding YOUR Story through Therapeutic Writing
(June 5-July 3, 2017)

Sharpening Skills:

Writing in a Convertible with the Top Down
(June 12-July 17, 2017)

Write Short Write Deep
(May 22-July 17, 2017)


Your Life in Poems
(May 22-July 17, 2017)

Session 1: Independent Study Program:

May 22-June 19, 2017:

Session 2: Independent Study Program:

June 19-July 17, 2017:

Summer 2017:

Our next class schedule will be posted in mid-June. Classes will run July 24-September 18, 2017.

LifeLines Weekend Writing Retreat

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Sarton Women's Book Award