Learning to write comes from reading, both the work of published writers and of our peers, and from using one’s powers of insight and creativity to analyze what one reads and figure out why it works when it does and what is missing when it doesn’t. This is where knowledge is gained, and it’s slow and frustrating, nebulous, diffuse, much less direct and directed than having someone write Great! in the margins of a story ….
Jo Ann Beard, “Close,” Festival Days

Every workshop we offer at Juncture reflects Beth’s deep understanding of the memoir form—its makers, its challenges, its rewards. We’re currently offering all programs online, with the hope of returning to in-person teaching soon.


This new series offers eight distinct, one-hour sessions that take an in-depth look at issues critical to all memoir writers. The illustrated presentations feature carefully chosen excerpts from Beth’s vast library of memoirs and essays, ideas and prompts designed to advance each participant’s work, and stories and examples from Beth’s own many years of crafting, revising, and publishing. Fifteen minutes are set aside at the end to answer questions.


Each session is $35. All are presented live via Zoom. They are recorded and available to participants for ten days following the program.


Occasionally we offer group manuscript critiques—small-group Zoom sessions designed to provide expert insight on manuscripts in progress and to build community. If such an opportunity interests you, please let us know by writing to us here.



Beth works with a handful of writers on both developmental critiques and line-by-line editorial suggestions. Most sessions include a one-hour Zoom conversation during which the writers are encouraged to ask follow-up questions following receipt of their critiques. Beth’s hourly rate is $175/hour.


NOTE:  For workshop description, please click on the image. To purchase, click “add to cart.”

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