Memoir Writers

Facilitator: Coventry Kessler,

Meets the 4th Monday of each month, 7:30pm at the Sternberger Artist Center, 712 Summit Ave, Greensboro, NC.

Everybody has a story to tell, and WGOT definitely wants to help you learn to tell yours. If you are interested in writing memoir, this is the group for you. Both new and former members are encouraged to participate.

The group’s facilitator is Coventry Kessler, a professional writer/editor who works at UNCG. Coventry is a long-time member of WGOT. Her stories appeared in the Memoir Group’s 2011 collection You Must Remember This. She was also the chief copy editor for the Poetry Groups’ Fire and Chocolate.

As in other critique groups, members will read and critique one another’s work, but Coventry will also offer instruction on topics like how to structure your story and how to make your prose livelier. So there is a “workshop” aspect.

Regular members will be expected to:

  • Have a clear goal in mind, whether it’s writing a book or a series of stories for your family or  other audience.
  • Attend and contribute fairly consistently. If the group gets large enough, there may be submission page limits.
  • Be willing to learn how to critique effectively and be willing to have your own work critiqued.

You are welcome to observe the group for a session or two if you’re trying to decide whether to join. However, dues-paying membership in WGOT is required for full participation.

We are excited about helping you tell your story! Please join us!

Contact Coventry Kessler at