Melanie Bishop

Writing, Teaching, Editing, Retreats


Creative Writing Class for Teens & Tweens at Prescott Public Library on Weds. June 25th from 1:30 to 3pm.

Melanie will be facilitating the class from California, via Skype.


The Memoir class in Carmel just concluded with a wonderful reading and celebration on April 24th. Congrats to Marian Clemens, Madeleine Head, Edith Lassen, Judy Lunding, Diane Winant and Tom Winant on successful completion of the course.  Their comments on the class appear in the testimonials section.

Stay tuned for future classes in Carmel.

Check out the retreat page for details on Write & Play in Carmel, May 19th through 23rd. I’ll be teaching three classes there, and offering one-on-one consults with each participant on his/her writing. Join us!

Tuesday mornings, 9 to 11 a.m., Feb. 19th through April 23rd (excluding Tuesday, March 26th)
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, 4th and Guadalupe, Carmel
FIRST CLASS FREE! Try it out. If you like what you see, sign up!

Free class is open to the first twenty who arrive. Eight-week class open to the first fourteen who register.

Course fee: $325. A deposit of $50 will hold your spot. Other costs: purchase of one book; cost of photocopying your memoir for the group.

Course description: Each of us has a unique story, and you are the only one who can write yours. This course will cover the basics of writing a literary memoir. In-class writing exercises will help you accumulate an “idea journal,” and often, the topics for your short memoir will come out of these idea journal excerpts. Be thinking in advance about an event that connects your past to your present to your future. Successful memoirs are often focused around an event, but have the layers, depth and texture afforded by the passage of time. Equal emphasis on reading and writing in this genre will provide admirable models and a solid foundation from which to launch your own memoirs. You will leave the eight weeks with one polished short memoir (of 25 pages or less), which has been read and thoroughly workshopped by classmates and instructor.

Your Teacher:  Prescott College Professor Melanie Bishop brings twenty-one years of teaching and publishing experience to this eight-week memoir class. Melanie writes and teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and screenplays, and has published in numerous literary magazines. She is founding editor and fiction/nonfiction editor of Alligator Juniper, Prescott College’s award-winning, national literary magazine. Some Glad Morning, a memoir, is coming out later this year at My So-Called Ruined Life, a young adult novel, is coming out next January, through Torrey House Press, and a short story, “Trina Comes Home,” appears in the current issue of Potomac Review.

Phone: 928-420-9120


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