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Creative Nonfiction Series: Memory as a Muse: Crafting Stories from Family Lore with Kat Falls

$65.00 · July 30

This workshop offers a creative exploration of the stories that have been told and retold, and possibly altered, by your family over the years.

Start Date

July 30

Day(s) of the Week


Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT




Zoom (online)




In stock


This class is part of our “Summer Creative Nonfiction Series,” a variety of single-session classes on Tuesday evenings designed to tackle one element of creative nonfiction writing in each class. You can take one class, pick and choose, or take all of them! You can find all other classes in the series here.

Every family is a treasure trove of cherished traditions and stories passed down through generations, preserving memories of people, milestones, laugh-out-loud moments, journeys, and more. These narratives do more than entertain; they serve as a mirror reflecting family values and the myths that shape our understanding of the world. This workshop offers a creative exploration of the stories that have been told and retold, and possibly altered, by your family over the years. We will discuss approaches to mine your memories and transform them into engaging pieces of writing, including flash memoir, fiction, epistolary stories, and scripted scenes. However, this process involves more than just reimagining family anecdotes; it’s about understanding the significance and values behind the stories told across generations. Through a variety of guided prompts, participants will explore their connections to these stories and develop several short pieces based on their own family lore.

We’ll cover:

  • How to use family lore as source material.
  • The complexities, benefits, and difficulties of writing about family.
  • Using photographs, letters, memorabilia, and family ephemera to inspire new narratives.
  • Exploring family lore in the forms of flash memoir, fiction, and epistolary stories.
  • How to responsibly create characters based on real people.

About Kat Falls

Kat Falls writes science fiction thrillers for tweens and teens. In her Dark Life series (Scholastic Press), Kat takes middle grade readers on action-packed adventures under the sea. The series has been translated into 18 languages and is in development for film at Disney. Kat appeared on The Today Show when Al Roker featured Dark Life on “Al’s Book Club for Kids.” Her young adult series, Inhuman (Scholastic Press), is a dystopian romance set after the outbreak of a mutagenic virus. Inhuman received glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, VOYA, a starred review from Kirkus, and made the Tome It List for “clean” teen reads. Kat teaches at Northwestern University and presents at schools and writing conferences across the country. She also enjoys zooming with classes, libraries, and book clubs. Find out more at katfalls.net