Memoir Writers

Facilitator: Coventry Kessler,

Meets the 4th Wednesday 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

If you would like to attend this meeting please check our meetup page to confirm the date, as it is sometimes rescheduled to accommodate the needs of the group:

If the date works for you please call or email the facilitator (info above) before arriving to insure that they are meeting. You are welcome to visit one or two times to see if we are a good fit for you, but please understand that in fairness to those who do pay their dues that we will not critique your work unless you are a full member of WGOT. After confirming with the facilitator you can then RSVP at Meetup.

If the group is full please write us at to get on a waiting list for that group or to form a new group when 3-5 people are waiting. We want everyone to find their place and get productive with a WGOT circle of writers. If you have any other questions or concerns, we’d love to hear from you, contact the Board at