Newburyport Adult & Community Education

Jump Start Your Memoir

Class Description

Andrea Cleghorn

Memoir can take many forms, but what differentiates it from autobiography is what it is not: a comprehensive story of the author’s life, but focusing instead on a specific time period or theme. The difference proves to be both liberating and challenging for the writer. It’s all about the stories. This workshop is intended to take you as a class member from wherever you are and encourage you to move forward with the help and example of fellow writers and friendly listeners. The important thing is to start writing and keep going. Andrea will offer guidelines on a topic, how to develop scenes, create dialogue, and avoid pitfalls.

Class members will read something from their own writing each week, whether it is from the memoir in progress or a weekly prompt. Andrea Cleghorn is a journalist, nonfiction author, and writing coach.

  • Andrea Cleghorn is a journalist, nonfiction author, and writing coach Her memoir is The Whipple Brunch.
  • Her most recent book (12/23/23) is one she edited with four others, an anthology of 33 essays — Dog Tales: An Unleashed Collection of True Stories. Many pieces were written by current or past members of the Jump Start classes, and benefit a dog therapy organization.

NOTE: There are two options from which to choose for your desired class session start date. Be sure to select the correct one when registering. This is NOT a two-part series.

Six, 2-hour sessions. VIA ZOOM.
Cost: $125. Class Limit: 10 (for each class).

  • Option 1: Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Begins April 23, 2024

  • Option 2: Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. noon.
    Begins April 24, 2024

Additional information

Choose Your Session:

Jump Start – Tues APR 23, Jump Start – Wed APR 24


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Jump Start Your Memoir”


Newburyport Adult & Community Education (NACE) is a completely self-sustaining program that is funded primarily from class fees, grants, and private donations. While we operate under the auspices of the Newburyport Public Schools, NACE receives no public funding from the City of Newburyport or school system. Show your support for lifelong learning by making a tax-deductible donation to NACE and ensure that we can continue to offer valuable programming to the greater Newburyport community.

Contact Patty St. John at 978-992-8060 or for more information.

  • People just like YOU! Now’s the perfect time to… learn a new language, explore the natural world, paint a landscape, make jewelry, research your family tree, get your body moving.
  • Those are just a few of the nearly 200 exciting classes offered by NACE each year.
  • Browse our catalog and try something new!
  • Anyone from the Greater Newburyport community is welcome to participate as a student or to become a teacher!
  • Most classes are also available to teens 15 years and over.
  1. There are no refunds given unless a class is canceled.
  2. There are no refunds given on the day class begins.
  3. There are no refunds given after a class begins.
  4. There are no refunds given if a student withdraws within three (3) days prior to class start date.
  5. In order to receive a refund or class voucher, students must give notice of withdrawal at least 4 days prior to class start date. Vouchers may be used anytime for any class and have no expiration date.
  • If, for any reason, the Newburyport schools are closed or cancelled (ie. inclement weather)… Adult Ed classes will also be cancelled.
  • Check the Website, Facebook, Instagram, or call (978) 992-8060 for class cancellation updates.
  • If a class is canceled, a make-up day will be coordinated with the instructor and students.
  • We do not send registration confirmations. We only contact you if your class is cancelled or full.
  1. To participate you need only basic computer literacy. Primarily the skills required: download, email, word processing, and printing.
  2. You will need to download Zoom onto your computer HERE. And to test your system, Zoom offers a test site HERE.
  3. Here are some instructions on how-to join a meeting with special instructions for Mac and Windows computers.
  4. Please email us and someone will get back to you to discuss the details.
  5. Lastly, we have compiled some guidelines for STUDENTS & INSTRUCTORS.