Memoir Writing Workshops

Instructor: Jean Ardell

In this workshop, you will learn techniques of style that bring alive the stories that only you can tell. Getting our stories on paper can help to make sense of our lives and origins, permitting us to view the past in fresh ways. If you’ve ever wished you knew more about your own grandparents’ lives, this course offers the opportunity to create for your grandchildren an invaluable record of family history. You need not be a professional writer to pen a memoir and achieve satisfying results.

About the instructor:

Ms. Ardell is a honors English graduate from University of California at Irvine and a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. She has worked in Orange County as a freelance writer since 1989, covering a range of subjects from domestic violence, politics, the environment, and travel to baseball. Ardell’s work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals and anthologies. She is currently on tour with her latest book Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey.


  • Six Tuesday evenings: January 16 - February 27
  • 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Conference Room, Newport Beach Central Library
  • 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Class is limited to 12 students
  • Tuition: $250
  • Info: or 949.717.3818