Thank you sooo much for this class!!! You’ve provided me with answers to questions I did not even know I needed to ask. I feel what I learned from you on the very fist module was worth the price of the entirety of the course. –Marcella Moy
Thank you so much for this wonderful class! It has not only helped me shape my story and helped me to see in my mind’s eye how it will unfold, but it has really motivated me to get it written and out there. I really needed both the instruction and the motivational push to do it. Thank you! –Sandi York
My book has sat on a shelf for literally years. Tanja has given me the support, confidence and, especially, the information I need to get it out into the world. . . the course has helped incredibly! –Jennifer Hinton
I think you created this directly for me. I’ve been vacillating on my book for months … sucking up all my energy. This helped me be brave and just decide already! – W.K.
The course lessons on the craft of writing memoir are clear, organized, and grounded in experience. Tanja provides a very thorough step-by-step guide from inception to completion of your memoir. She is able to meet each writer where they are, while offering generous and skillful guidance. I couldn’t have dreamed up a better mentor for this process, as she creates a safe space to develop as a writer, explore vulnerable moments, and make meaningful progress on my work. –Julie Badal
I give Tanja my highest recommendation … She is one of the few people I have hired solely on the strength of her writing and course design, before even meeting her. I have yet to question my decision, for Tanja is easily the standout instructor in our department: her evaluations are consistently high and her students perform well in their courses at the higher levels of the curriculum. I wish I had four more Tanjas to replace some of the other instructors I have on staff. — Jake Adam York, University of Colorado Denver (deceased)
Memoir Mastery: How to Write a Compelling Memoir
In this comprehensive 9-week course, you’ll go from feeling alone, confused and overwhelmed to feeling excited and supported in the power of your story, clear in its scope, and confident in the craft and technique of creating a compelling memoir.
With 6 online modules, 6 live coaching calls and a private community forum, you’ll get plenty of support and accountability as well as laser-focused coaching within a wonderfully supportive community. You’ll leave this course with a strong foundation for your memoir as well as a clear set of next steps.
The 6 online modules address the craft and technique of writing compelling memoir and include weekly mindset tips. Each module is broken into bite-sized steps, with downloadable video trainings and supporting PDFs accessible to you for the lifetime of the course.
- Module 1: Building a Strong Foundation for Your Memoir
- Module 2: Identifying the Building Blocks of Your Story
- Module 3: Grounding Your Story in Place and Time
- Module 4: Shaping Your Story
- Module 5: Magnifying Your Story
- Module 6: Bringing Your Story to Life
The course includes 2 “On Ramp” Bonuses to get you off on the right foot:
- How to Get Your (Mindset) Game On!
- How to Create a Writing Schedule that Works for You
as well as 4 “Lift-Off” Bonus interviews jam-packed with expert advice to help you navigate next steps:
- On Writing Your Memoir with Gail Storey
- What You Need to Know Before Submitting Your Manuscript with Melanie Mulhall
- Promoting Your Memoir with Nancy Saltzman
- What Your Book Reviewer Wants You to Know with Patti Thorn
Memoir Mastery is offered in September, January and April of each year.
A small, three-month group to give you the support and accountability you need to hit your deadlines and keep moving forward. You’ll write 30-40 pages in our time together and receive feedback and support from me as well as the larger group.
The Writer’s Circle is offered 3 times a year.
Priority is given to current and past Memoir Mastery students before enrollment opens to the larger community. Please contact Tanja here or email tanja [at] tanjapajevic [dot] com for more information.
Reboot Your Memoir
Writing your memoir can be an especially rewarding journey. At times, it can also be quite challenging. On bad days, it can feel like you’re shooting at a moving target. There’s a reason so many memoirists get stuck, particularly once the initial excitement has worn off and we’re stuck in the mucky middle of writing a book.
In this 4-week workshop, we’ll cover solid techniques for rebooting your memoir. We’ll reassess your current roadmap, define what’s working and clarify what needs tweaking. We’ll also identify the saboteurs that come with writing memoir, help you create a safe container for your writing and set you up for success.
Please note: This is a working class interspersed with plenty of teaching and support. As such, please plan on printing out your materials (whether you have 25 pages or 200) and bringing them to our workshop.
Reboot Your Memoir is offered once or twice a year and meets on Zoom. To learn when registration opens, please contact Tanja directly or join her list here to receive automatic notification of new offerings. You can unsubscribe at any time.
The Writer’s Mastermind
A 6-month small group mastermind with teaching, support and accountability to help you complete your memoir.
You’ll write 20-25 pages a month, receiving supportive as well as constructive feedback from me as well as the larger group. The mastermind includes monthly teachings, discussions and short readings to hone your craft and techniques, as well as two group calls a month and weekly check-ins for accountability. Optional group writing calls and open-mics.
This mastermind is offered once a year and acceptance is by application only. Priority is given to current and past clients before registration opens to the larger community.
Prerequisite: Memoir Mastery or equivalent coursework.
To learn more about these offerings, please contact Tanja or join her list here to receive automatic notification of new offerings. You’ll receive a copy of The Story Starter Kit as a thank you and can unsubscribe at any time.