Do you have a story to tell, but don't know how to start?

Mastering the memoir essay is the first step to writing a book about your life.

Before jumping into writing an entire book, you need to understand the parts. The personal essay is basically a mini-memoir that requires the same skill as authoring a full book.The episodes and experiences of your life are chapters. Chapters of a memoir are mini essays. Therefore, you must master the personal memoir essay to effectively write your life story.

Instead of brain dumping your story into 100 to 200 pages in a book, can you write a hot 3 to 5 pages that will leave a reader wanting more? This class, "Personal Memoir Essays 101" will help you write your story well.

  • You will learn to organize and write your life story in the form of a personal memoir essay.
  • You will learn to focus on one significant experience in your life and fully illustrate it in a personal memoir essay.
  • You will write, submit, and receive feedback on a 3 to 5 page personal memoir essay from the instructor and other students.

Course Curriculum

    1. Welcome!

    2. Video: Purchase the Class

    3. Video: Access the Class

    4. Video: Viewing the Lessons

    5. Video: Downloading Materials

    6. PDF: Course Syllabus Schedule

    7. Text: Introduce Yourself

    8. Text: OnyxEd Student Lounge

    9. Video: Memoir Overview

    10. Text: DQ Assignment #1

    1. Audio Slides: Reasons for Sharing

    2. Handout: Writing a Memoir

    1. Audio Slides: What is a Personal Memoir Essay?

    2. PDF: Essay Example #1

    3. PDF: Essay Example #2

    4. PDF: Essay Example #3

    5. PDF: Essay Example #4

    6. PDF: Essay Example #5

    1. Video: The Writing Process

    2. Slides: Writing Process

    3. Text: DQ Assignment #2

    4. Quiz: Writing Process

    1. Video: Narration Technique

    2. Slides: Narration Technique

    3. PDF: Narration Exercises

    4. Quiz: Narration Technique

    1. Video: Figures of Speech

    2. Slides: Figures of Speech

    3. Quiz: Figures of Speech

About this course

  • $327.00
  • 46 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content

What You Get

As an individual (single user) taking this class for personal or professional development, you have full access to class materials for your specified time of enrollment (no expiration for lifetime access). You must complete all lessons and surveys to receive your certificate. Learn at your own pace. The instructor retains all copyright ownership for all of the materials presented in this course. Any resources not directly written by the instructor are duly noted and properly cited. Students are expected to abide by fair use laws when printing course materials. No part of this course may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author.

  • Weekly Study Time: 2-4 hours
    Estimated Course Completion:
    10-12 weeks
    40 Course Hours
    Live Zoom Lectures (TBA)

  • Video Lessons
    Lecture Slides
    PDF Handouts
    Weekly Reminder Emails

  • Duration: Lifetime Access
    Certificate of Completion


  • Is there a time limit on enrollment?

    Most classes for individual users come with lifetime access. If not, please note the class duration and complete the course before the expiration date (if any).

  • Why are there no refunds

    All enrollments are final. No refunds. Our courses have taken copious amounts of time and personal finances to build. We are confident that all of our courses deliver the exact instruction you need to improve your writing skills. Please take our low-cost introductory class, "Grammar Essentials Jump-start" to get a good feel for the value you receive at such affordable prices. You will not be disappointed!

  • When will I receive my certificate?

    Certificates are immediately auto-generated when you complete 100% of the course, and can be downloaded from your student dashboard in PDF format. If you cannot retrieve your certificate, contact the Director.

  • What about monthly payments & bundles?

    If offered, students can split the course price into two (2) or three (3) monthly payments. Monthly payments will incur a small processing fee, so the total paid will be slightly higher than the listed class price. If a monthly subscription payment is missed for any reason (e.g., card expiration or lack of funds), the system will automatically try to recover payment three (3) times. If the outstanding payment is successfully made during these attempts, course access will be restored. Although missed payments will immediately prevent access to course content, progress toward completion will be saved. When payment has been restored, students can simply continue the course from where they left off. However, if all three attempts at processing the payment fail, the monthly subscription will be removed and access to the course revoked. After three failed payments, progress will not be saved, and the student must purchase the course or bundle again and start over. This process also applies to bundles. Bundles give students access to a collection of classes for one monthly price, instead of paying for each class individually. Remember, you receive a certificate for each individual class completed. You do not have to complete every class in the bundle to receive a certificate. You can cancel at any time, but you are advised to completely finish a class and receive a certificate before cancellation.

  • Can I pay for someone else to take the class?

    Yes, absolutely. You can gift the class by paying for the fee, but allowing someone else to complete the course. In this case, you will click the “Buy” button on the course landing page, and pay for the class as usual. But, do not enter the class! Ignore the welcome message in your inbox. Instead, forward your payment receipt to the Director's email address along with a note that includes the first name, last name, and email address of the person who will actually enroll in the class. The Director will manually enroll the student, which means they will have direct access to the course content without paying the fee, because you have already paid for them. Contact the Director for further guidance.

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Your Instructor

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” --Albert Einstein

Ashan R. Hampton


Ashan R. Hampton served as an English instructor in higher education for over 20 years. She proudly cherishes the distinction of being the first African American female graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, under the direction of Dr. C. Earl Ramsey, Emeritus. With her doctoral studies on hold, Ashan has found success in online education. She produces and teaches original writing and grammar courses for global audiences. Outside of academics, Ashan worked for short stints in the corporate world as a technical writer, website designer, digital content coordinator, proofreader and legal editor. She is also a self-published author who has recently released multiple books on grammar, writing, proofreading and copyediting, now available on Amazon, Lulu, and other popular booksellers. All book titles and ordering information are posted on her website at:

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