ONLINE COURSE! Memoir full-manuscript consultation with Nancy Owen Nelson: *REGISTER ANYTIME (See note at the end). This course is available for 3 months from the time that you register so you can go at your own pace.  The class can be either online, face-to-face, or a combination.  The class $150 for members.  $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). This is for writers who have a full or almost complete manuscript (up to 200 pages) and want to work with a published author on a holistic view of her/his work. (Longer manuscripts will be negotiated).  We may read segments from well-known memoir writers and discuss what shapes the personal story into art. Your instructor will provide constructive feedback on your work. Writers should feel at ease with MS Word and the editing mode. It will be important to pace the interactions so that the work can be completed in the four-month period.  You can expect an interaction with the instructor for two hours a week.   Nancy Owen Nelson has published poetry and creative nonfiction as well as articles in several academic journals and anthologies. She was editor and/or co-editor of three academic books. She earned her B.A. in French and English at Birmingham-Southern College and her M.A. and PhD in English at Auburn University.  She taught composition and literature at Auburn University, Augustana College, Albion College, and Henry Ford College. She also served as Assistant Director of the Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing at Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ.  Her memoir, Searching for Nannie B.: Three Generations of Southern Women, was published by The Ardent Writer Press. Her poetry chapbook, My Heart Wears No Colors, was published by FutureCycle Press in 2018 and her full-length poetry collection, Portals: A Memoir in Verse, in 2019. Her memoir, Divien Aphasia: A Woman’s Search for Her Father, is due for publication in late fall, 2020. Contact Nelson prior to registration at or 928-308-3785 .

If you are not a Springfed Arts member, you may become one by clicking here in addition to signing up for the class of your choice.  For one year from the time you joined, you will take classes at the member rate.  You may also register by phone at 248-589-3913.