Creative Writing: Writing From Memory Premium class

Ashley C. Ford, Writer, Editor and Speaker

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7 Videos (33m)
    • Introduction

    • Writing From Memory

    • Reporting on Yourself

    • Pulling Memory into the Present

    • Creating Memory

    • Sharing Your Work

    • Start Your Essay


About This Class

That one story from childhood? That song that always takes you back?

Join renowned writer, editor, and speaker Ashley C. Ford for an inspiring, half-hour class on writing from memory! Ashley takes you through one of her own essays, then shares prompts and frameworks so that you can write your own.

You'll learn essential skills for writing from memory, including:

  • reporting on yourself
  • what to do when you don't remember something you want to write about
  • pulling memories into the present
  • sharing your memories with the world

All students are encouraged to write and share their essays from one of her favorite prompts: Write an essay inspired by a popular song from the year you turned 13!

This is a beautiful class for writers of every level, whether you're just starting out or already published. Ashley's honest, thorough approach to her own writing is reflected in every lesson, and you will leave with both inspiration for writing your own piece — and also the practical knowledge of how to do it.

75 of 75 students recommendSee All

Short and sweet, but valuable. I find we become so wrapped up in creation that we often forget the fundamentals of what truly creates a good writing piece. Getting it straight helps with saying it great.
wonderful informative and thorough (although short) class
Ashley Ford's "Writing from Memory" class is like having a discussion with a good friend. She gives advice, examples and points students toward resources and processes. She helps you tease out times from your past that are worth revisiting and expressing. She doesn't shy away from tough issues, giving practical guidance on dealing with people, emotions and responses that are part of the process when you write essays and stories from your memories. She has a relaxed, confident and friendly approach and gets to the point right away. The class flows quickly from topic to topic and is a pleasure to watch.
Julie Brown Terry

Graphic Design Professor





Ashley C. Ford

Writer, Editor and Speaker

Ashley C. Ford lives in Brooklyn by way of Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a writer, editor, and public speaker. Currently, she is writing a memoir (among other things), and co-editing the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture with Roxane Gay. Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian,ELLEBuzzFeed, Slate, I-DLenny Letter, Matter, Design*Sponge, and various other web and print publications. She's spoken at SXSW, Earlham College, Girls Write Now, and was a featured opening writer on Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl book tour. Ford has been the recipient of a writing residency from Hedgebrook, and is the co-founder of The Lulu Fund. She teaches writing at The New School and Catapult.Co.