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So this, I believe, is the central question:
“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”
— Elizabeth Gilbert

Taste of Memoir

Sample the transformative sweetness of telling your story


Do you have a story inside of you that wants to be told? Are you wondering how or where to begin? This one-day workshop is designed to guide you in exploring and writing about your true, life-based experiences. In a supportive, dynamic space, you will discover the art of memoir and come away with practical tools and inspiration that will fuel your continued exploration at home.


Taste of Memoir

Saturday, November 9th

10am - 4pm

Hosted at a private home in Sherman Oaks Hills *

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Space is limited.

* Address will be provided upon registration


It has been said that memoir is the novel of the 21st century—an amazing form that we’ve barely begun to tap. In writing our personal stories, we make sense of our everyday experiences and attach meaning to them. In the process, we discover what matters most to us.

This one-day workshop is tailor-made for those new to personal, life-based writing. Through guided writing and interactive dialogue, you will explore the raw material of your life—those fragmented, disjointed memories and life-changing events—and learn how to craft a story out of them. It is an intimate journey that invites you to meet your inner self on the page.

Among the topics to be explored:

  • Discovering your emotional journey in the story

  • How to harness your point-of-view and permit the reader to see the world through your eyes

  • Working with images as a way to access memory

  • Bringing characters to life on the page

  • How to define “truth” in memoir

  • The best way to navigate issues of privacy and ethics in memoir

  • Peeling away the layers to uncover the deeper meaning in your story

The ripple effects of writing your personal story are far-reaching. To express your truth on the page not only changes your relationship to yourself but also to the world around you. Register now to experience this heart-opening, transformative experience.


About the Instructor:


KARIN GUTMAN, MFA, is a memoir and story coach who has been guiding writers for over 15 years towards discovering and writing their life-based stories. The safe, dynamic spaces she creates allow for this deeply personal work to unfold, as writers peel away the layers, dig deep, and make meaning out of their life experiences. Her clients have sold books to major publishers, including HarperCollins, Hay House and St. Martin’s Press. A former story analyst for Creative Artists Agency and 20th Century Fox, she is a published author and has written and developed projects for Nickelodeon, the Jim Henson Company and National Geographic Kids. She has taught at Cal State Fullerton, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and UCLA Arts and Healing, and currently offers workshops, retreats and one-on-one coaching under her Spirit of Story banner.


Questions you may be asking...


Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in writing about their personal, life-based experiences and learning about the craft of memoir writing. It is designed for those who are new to the genre and looking for a safe, supportive space in which to explore.

Your intention may be to write for yourself, or as a legacy for your family, or with an eye towards one day sharing your story with a wider audience.

What is included?

A light breakfast will be offered upon arrival starting at 9:30am, as well as a healthy lunch. We will also be providing refreshments throughout the day.

Do I need to prepare anything?

You do not need to prepare anything for our time together. That being said, if you’d like to kickstart your writing, you might sign up for The Daily Prompt or pick up Natalie Goldberg’s Old Friend From Far Away, both full of wonderful writing prompts.

What should I bring?

Simply bring a pen, a writing pad or journal, and an open mind.

While you are encouraged to write by hand, you may bring a computer if you prefer. If so, be sure to bring it fully charged.

It is also suggested that you wear layers. Depending on the weather, there are some beautiful outdoor spaces that are great for extended writing periods.

You might also bring a hard surface to write on so that you are free to move around.

Where is the workshop being held?

The workshop is being hosted at a lovely private residence in the hills of Sherman Oaks. The address will be shared upon registration.

I have (don’t have) a background in writing, will I fit in?

This creative space is open to all, whether you have a background in writing or not. Over the years of working with personal stories, I have noticed that memoir is the great leveler. We are all coming together with the same intention: to discover the underlying emotional truth of our life experiences—to make sense of them and express what matters most to us.

Will I have to share my writing?

You will never be forced or pressured to share your writing. That being said, there is great power in being witnessed and bearing witness to others’ stories, and so you will have opportunities to share what you write.

I am interested, but feel nervous. How do I know if this is the right workshop for me?

Butterflies are normal! That says to me that you're ready to dive in, and that's risky. Creating a safe, supportive space—an environment where people can peel away the layers and dig deeply into their stories—is essential and is the cornerstone of all Spirit of Story workshops.

If you are considering the workshop, and want to make sure it is a right fit for you, I am happy to have a conversation. Contact me!



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Kind words...


The workshop provided a safe environment where I could stumble and fall without getting hurt. My first attempts at writing felt much like a toddler learning to walk. I started with baby steps and before I knew it I was skipping. The workshop taught me that the nuggets in our writing come when we bare our souls. Never before in my life had I been in a room with people who were so transparent, authentic, and open. It taught me that being true to yourself and your story is more important than worrying about what other people will think.”

Cathy Byrd, author of The Boy Who Knew Too Much

The workshop provided a safe environment where I could stumble and fall without getting hurt...

... guides writers gently and intuitively... 

Karin creates a fertile environment for writing. I came to the workshop knowing that I had a story to tell, but with a lot of resistance to the act of writing. Karin guides writers gently and intuitively. She uses writing prompts to help you pop open ideas you didn’t know were there. It was so exciting when my writing really started to flow! I would take Karin’s workshop over and over again.”

Ranjani Brow

“I am always drawn to the group of people you are able to put together. You have a very calm sense and huge understanding that sometimes a prompt can take you a completely different direction and that there never is anything ‘wrong’ in your response. You also have a impeccable sense when it comes to 'listening' what is being read. It could be that you find thing in between the lines or pinpointing exactly a feeling or emotion to an overall situation described in a piece. I love your feedback and am often amazed how ‘on target’ your observations and questions are when I share my work.”

Malona Badelt

... amazed how 'on target' your observations and questions are...

... Something in me is being ‘faced’ by the very act of writing...

“I'm really looking forward to another class... and another and another after that. Something in me is being ‘faced’ by the very act of writing whatever it is that comes out. Your class is definitely stirring my pot and I find that so rewarding. Thank you!”

Molly Jordan

“What you're offering is really magical and unique. I love your feedback and I love feedback in general that challenges me out of my comfort zone, uncomfortable as that may be. The group really opened me up to realizing what 'my' story is, or at least, what the story is I want to tell.  And it also helped me get confident and comfortable with my voice.

The more I write and open myself to creativity, the more creative I feel.”

Suzanne Ely

What you're offering is really magical and unique...

Thank you for empowering me to speak my truth.

“Thank you for empowering me to speak my truth. You have changed my life for the better. I am lucky to share the journey with you!”

Heather McGonigal