Join or Start a Memoir Writing Group!

Memoir Writing Groups by State

ALABAMA

Gadsden, AL
Group Organizer: Glenda Byars
Contact Info: Gadsden Public Library: 256-549-4699 or email at
Additional Info: First meeting will be February 18, 2008 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

ARIZONA

Glendale, AZ
Group Seeker: Ken Haw
Contact Info: ken_haw@hotmail.com
Additional Info: Seeking to join a memoir group in the Glendale area. Willing to coordinate the effort of forming a new memoir group locally.

Gold Canyon, AZ
Group Seeker: Burt Buckborough
Contact Info:
Additional Info: Seeking to join a memoir group in the Gold Canyon area. Willing to coordinate the effort of forming a new memoir group locally.

CALIFORNIA

Marina del Rey, CA
Group Founder: Juditte Erki
Contact Info:
Additional Info: Seeking to start a writing group in home.

Richmond, CA
Group Seeker : Guillermo Ortiz
Contact Info: gortiz2@earthlink.net
Additional Info: Seeking a memoir writing group in the Richmond area.

Santa Clara, CA
Group Founder: Kathryn Petro Harper
Contact Info:
Additional Info: Organizing a memoir writing group based on Your Life as Story.

Torrance, CA
Group Founder: Vicki Timmons
Contact Info: vtimmons@juno.com
Additional Info: Providing both a Your Life as Story Writing Group and a General Writing Support Group

ILLINOIS

Chicago, IL
Group Founder: Aaron Cooper, PhD
Contact Info:
Additional Info: Seeking a memoir group in the Chicago area and/or willing to start a new memoir group.

IOWA

Spiritual Memoir Group – by invitation only.
Contact Rev. Lin J.Swanson, BA MAR, & Member of Spiritual Directors International at: LindyReadsBooks@aol.com

NEW YORK

Albany, NY
Group Founder: Ian W. Franzen
Contact Info: 
Additional Info: Starting a memoir group in the Albany or Troy area. NEW 7/22/2012

Albany, NY
Group Founder: Charles Hatch
Contact Info:
Additional Info: Starting a memoir group at the Unity Church in Albany, NY. Please contact Charles Hatch for more information on starting dates and times.

TEXAS

Austin, TX
Group Seeker: Steve Birch
Contact Info:
Additional Info: Seeking a memoir writing group in the Austin area.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Politics and Prose is sponsoring a monthly writing group on the first Sunday of each month. We will focus on autobiography as well as fiction, and concentrate on story structure and voice. We will be working with two texts: Tristine Rainer’s Your Life as Story (Penguin, $14.95) and Patricia Hampl’s I Could Tell You Stories (Norton, $13.00). Space is limited, so please e-mail Karen Maloy at to reserve a spot.


How do I start a journal writing group or a memoir club in my own neighborhood?

Ask your bookstore, community center, senior center, church or synagogue if they will give you space to hold meetings and help publicize the gathering.


Online

New Spiritual Memoir Group being formed by invitation only.
Contact Rev. Lin J.Swanson, BA MAR, Member of Spiritual Directors International at: