Tiny Memoirs by Cigdem Kobu

Tiny Memoirs

A five-week on-demand, self-paced personal storytelling program for turning your unforgettable memories into evocative mini memoirs that will captivate your readers.

Turn Your Unforgettable Memories Into Moving Mini Memoirs

Whether or not you consider yourself a writer, you have a wealth of stories―a moment from your childhood that shaped you as a human, something your grandmother told you one snowy winter night, something you witnessed in sixth grade, a ritual, belief, or habit you took on through a close friend or family member, or a hardship you turned into a triumph.

Nobody else has experienced these unique moments the way you did. No one else knows what you know. You're the only expert in your own life and the keeper of your stories―sacred stories that deserve to be tended and preserved, stories that will fade into oblivion unless you decide to put your pen to paper and record them.

Tiny Memoirs is a thematic life-writing experience designed to get you to tease out and write your most evocative personal stories on intriguing topics such as motherhood, home, food, travel, and cherished memorabilia through the course of five weeks.

Hundreds of participants from 18 countries and all walks of life have enjoyed the Tiny Memoirs experience since 2015. This online writing program you can also take from the comfort of your home consists of five different modules each of which explores a gripping theme through personal essays that will work your imagination and writing prompts that will get your words flowing. 

The daily essays and prompts will provide fertile ground for going deeper into your stories and may even open up a greater understanding of yourself and how you want to tell your story. The act of focused daily writing will transform the way you approach writing authentic pieces based on your life story and personal experience. You'll also reconnect with your creative self and perhaps even experience healing or make new meaning―the beautiful side effects of this practice. 
"Writing. Stamina. I love this experience. My writing is becoming a string of stories that paint a much larger picture. The words are flowing and they just won’t stop. Maybe I will write that book some day!"
SUE ANN GLEASON, Writer & Marketing Consultant
“I’ve never found such an accepting space to write truth in. This is unlike anything I’ve ever done! I’ve been telling everyone just how amazing, wonderful, inspiring this is. I’ve never written such raw, open stories before.”
JACKIE ROBERTS, NLP Master Coach & Administrative Assistant

Weekly Themes That Will Stimulate Your Memory and Writing

WEEK 1: "Edible Memories: Food As a Metaphor & a Feast for Memory"
We'll enjoy five field trips down memory lane in our first week, looking for juicy, delicious morsels of writing inspiration. As we tell our food-related stories, we'll also explore food as a metaphor and a feast for memory—food that inspires, nourishes, seduces, and connects. From soul food to aphrodisiac food, from slow food to exotic delicacies, and from appetite to hunger, we'll discuss how food and our memories of food influence our lives and shape our experience of being human.

WEEK 2: "Passport to Memory: On Traveling the World & Voyaging to the Self"

A journey into the world is often a voyage into the self, the heart, and the essence of the human soul. Isn’t that why it's impossible to recall a trip you haven’t returned from unchanged? Our travel memories are more than reminiscences of road trips, vacations, and expeditions. Journeys can also be pathways to courage, mystery, exploration, understanding, hope, connection, and change. In our second week, we'll delve into our memories of travel while we also explore the inner quests those memories conjure up.

WEEK 3: "No Place Like Home: Stories of the Rooms Where Memories Were Made"
It's hard to find another subject that is as charged as “home,” and it's the theme for our third week. Home is never just an address, a building, or the sum of walls, doors, windows, and the pieces of furniture filling the space in between. Home is about shared memories that are loaded with emotion. Home is also a powerful metaphor and a rich writing topic that promises myriad different stories, each with a twist of its own and each holding the key to the person you are today.

WEEK 4: "Mother, Mother: Five Ways to Write About Your Mother or Yourself"
Is there any relationship more complicated than the one we have with our mothers as well as the one with our children? In our fourth week, we'll explore five different ways of writing about mothers and motherhood. Whether you're close to your mother, distant, or somewhere between, and whether you're a mother or not yourself, few other subjects offer as much opportunity to mine your experience for stories worth telling.

WEEK 5: "Reminiscentia: Objects As the Keepers of Our Stories"
Reminiscentia is a Latin word that means "objects that induce reminiscence." In our fifth and final week, we'll go on a hunt for cherished memorabilia—objects that either hold tender, unforgettable memories or that work our imagination and unleash our power to tell stories. You'll be surprised to witness the kind of writing that unfolds when you write with such objects as your anchors.
“This is a great way of gathering content for a memoir. What a wonderful experience and a fantastic collection of writers and writing! This feels like the most sacred writing space.”
JACKEE HOLDER, Executive and Leadership Coach & Writer
"This class is unlike anything I have experienced. It has unleashed many words that needed a meadow to romp in without fear. Think about it."
TERRI JACKSON, Photographer & Writer

Who Is This Personal Storytelling Program For?

"Tiny Memoirs" is a spirited writing immersion explicitly designed for people who love writing for personal discovery, creative expression, or preserving precious memories that should not remain untold or be forgotten. This program is rich enough to inspire your muse and get you to write your most moving stories and short enough to preclude overwhelm.

This unique writing experience might be a great fit for you if you relate to one or more of the following:

  • You have many personal stories you’d like to turn into essays or memoirs, but you don't know where to begin.
  • You know you'd benefit from guided writing with different themes to mine your most evocative stories, and you like the idea of being motivated to get them onto paper.
  • You love writing and always look for new ways to move your pen (even if you don’t call yourself a writer!) 
  • You desire to write regularly and want to develop a consistent writing practice that will enrich the work you do in the world.
  • You want to get good at writing honest, personal stories, and find your authentic writing voice.
  • You want to immortalize some of your most unforgettable memories and create a few written pieces your family, children, and grandchildren will cherish.
  • You want to practice writing emotionally-rich personal stories to build a closer connection with your readers (whether you have a blog you keep for pleasure, or you're developing a blog as part of your professional website).
“I wake up in the middle of the night, and I check my phone for new writings. I wake up in the morning and read more pieces over my breakfast. I love each and every single contribution I’ve read. I want more. I check my phone through the day, not wanting to miss a word. We are ourselves here, we are our authentic selves.”
SUE SHOBERT JORGENSON, Spiritual Guide, Healer & Writer
“After participating in Cigdem’s writing groups, my way of thinking about certain challenges and obstacles in my life has shifted. And I’ve developed a new mental approach and attitude to deal with them. This event is an opportunity to put ourselves first for a change.”
LEERAY COSTA, Cultural Anthropologist, Professor & Social Justice Advocate

How It Works and What You'll Receive

"Tiny Memoirs" is an on-demand writing experience you'll enjoy at your own pace from the comfort of your home. You'll get access to the Welcome & Introduction section and the first week's module with the theme "Edible Memories" as soon as you complete your registration.

After that, a new module will unlock every seven days so that you can follow this structure without getting distracted and focus on one writing theme at a time. Each time a new module unlocks, you'll receive an email notification to the email address you used during registration. Once you enroll, you have forever-access to this class. So you can always come back here and work with the material as many times as you want.

Each week's material includes :

  • Five stimulating personal essays written specifically for this program on five intriguing weekly themes,
  • Five unique writing prompts crafted to complement each piece, awaken your creative muse and tease out your most essential stories on the weekly topic,
  • Inspiring visuals complementing the written material (some of which are the courtesy of professional artists who were delighted to have their photos paired with some of the essays and prompts),
  • Five beautiful ebooks containing each week's complete material with printable blank pages included for note-taking. 
  • An invitation to get your ideas and memories (inspired by what you read) out of your head and onto your paper.
“I'm not a writer, I don’t consider myself one. Not to mention that walls of texts make me dizzy. But Cigdem’s writing programs completely changed my relationship with writing. There were no lessons in this class, only prompts that made the stories race on the page. I'm confident about my voice now when it comes to personal storytelling. I'm not afraid of writing anymore. I even enjoy it. I'm able to tackle larger pieces with a more critical eye, and I have become a better editor. Not only that, but I also decided that a memoir is in order soon, something that never crossed my mind before, ever."
MONICKA CLIO SAKKI, Artist & Creativity Mentor
“This writing program provides a huge opening to explore and navigate my own thoughts and then create from them. Cigdem’s stories never fail to start a little tornado, a good tornado, of muses and reflections, forming the words that eventually get put down. At times I write off the top of my head, unedited, and other times, it takes some thought and framing before I write. I feel increased confidence in my writing. I can imagine that in some ways it is the combination of the weekly activities that sets this program apart from others. Writing and life coming together so beautifully.”
DAWN SULLY PILE, Author, Speaker & Co-Active Coach

A Unique Writing Experience You Won't Forget

You'll concentrate on exploring one intriguing theme each week and tease out your juiciest stories by exploring rich metaphors and the different facets of a gripping topic. You can write daily with the prompts, or you can read all of the weekly material at once, choose one or two prompts that draws you the most, and write.

There’s no overwhelm or the need to keep up with the group writing commitment. On the other hand, your experience will be more rewarding if you share your writing with your writing companions, following the structure of this journey to turn your memories into moving personal pieces.

This work will get you to express your deepest creative self. You'll be cultivating creativity and meaning through the places you find within yourself as you dig into each writing theme. The stories you'll allow yourself to write and share will astound you. 

This program is your chance to unearth and develop multiple beautiful stories. You'll complete this program with a series of unique pieces of writing that can stand alone or form the basis of a longer piece such as a memoir. Various publications accepted the essays some of the participants wrote during the previous sessions of this group. Other participants used their work as seeds for a memoir they’re writing, or published them on their blog and received much praise.

Creatively empowering...
I designed this writing program as a hands-on experience to get you to deepen your writing practice and strengthen your writing muscle while enjoying the entire process with wonderful writing companions who will be your biggest cheerleaders. You'll practice moving your pen, unleash your voice, cultivate the confidence to share your writing, and grow as a writer.
“I have been thrilled by the opportunity to experience this whole different way of thinking about writing. Deeply personal, evocative, and inspiring. Thank you for the experience of the daily prompts and inspiration. The whole course has been so beautiful in its structure and detail. Thank you for the richness of your unique creativity and care.”
CATHERINE DREA, Contemplative Photographer, Writer & Social Entrepreneur
“These essays and prompts have taken me so much deeper than I foresaw, much is churning within, and it is timely. I have been writing privately and hope to have time to share here—there is much to be gained by sharing. I love coming here to answer the questions. They often give me a different perspective. Thank you!”
MARY McCONNELL, Massage Therapist & Holistic Health Coach

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a live writing group or a self-study program?

This is an on-demand program you can take in your own time and at your own pace from the comfort of your home.

How much time do I need each day to write?

10-20 minutes a day is enough for most of us. Most participants set aside about 15 minutes a day for writing. All writing counts, and everything is progress. You'll hear those two things over and over again in my community. If you don't have 10-15 minutes, start with just five minutes a day. :)

Is this a good fit for a total beginner or an experienced writer?

It is. Hundreds of people from all walks of life and with all levels of writing experience have benefited from Tiny Memoirs since 2015 and turned their most evocative personal stories into written pieces.

I don't call myself a writer. Can I still enroll?

Of course! As long as you love writing, have stories to tell, and want to develop your writing practice for whatsoever reason (creative expression, self-discovery, publishing your work, expanding your readership,  healing—you name it!) you'll enjoy your Tiny Memoirs experience. 

Will you offer feedback on my writing?

There's no writing feedback offered during this program as it's a self-study experience. Besides, this program is not craft-oriented. Instead, it aims to help you develop (and enjoy) a consistent writing practice and get you to write authentic, personal pieces by mining the kind of memories you can expand into longer pieces such as personal essays and even longer memoirs.

Do I have to be on my computer to access the class material?

You can log in to the course area using the login button at the top of this page to access all writing material from your desktop computer, your notebook, your tablet, and even your smartphone. It's an extremely user-friendly writing space.

How long do I have access to the class material?

The entire class material is neatly organized here in the course area, where you have easy, forever access to it. You can come back here to use the class material to create new writing as many times as you want.

Do you offer refunds?

I'll be happy to offer you a full refund within 48 hours of your purchase with no questions asked. No refunds are available after 48 hours. Please read all sections of this page carefully. Also, read all of the the testimonials on this page to see whether the experience of the previous participants resonate with you. This will help you make a conscious purchase decision.

How do I pay?

We use the super-secure Stripe checkout system. Please use the button at the top of this page to pay with your debit or credit card. If you have a coupon, make sure you enter it in the related space before you complete your purchase.
“I don’t consider myself a writer, but I do have a story to tell. This writing class has been a nudge to venture into an unknown place. Writing has clarified some of the conflicted feelings I have with myself. Deep, deep gratitude for you, Cigdem.”
"Cigdem creates a vibrant space for women's voices in a world that feels increasingly hostile to them. With creative prompts and exercises, she encouraged me to open up and explore not only what I believe, but why I believe it."

What's included?

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Your Curriculum

Introduction & How It Works
Welcome & How to Begin
Our Curriculum & Schedule
A Few Tips About Our Process
Week 1: "Edible Memories"
About "Edible Memories"
Food and Longing
Food and Childhood
Food and Freedom
Food and Generosity
Food and Pleasure
Edible Memories - Downloadable Ebook [47 pages]
8.2 MB
Week 2: "Passport to Memory"
About "Passport to Memory"
One-Way Ticket
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
The Getaway
In Your Dreams
Lost in Translation
Passport to Memory - Downloadable Ebook [42 pages]
4.86 MB
Week 3: "No Place Like Home"
About "No Place Like Home"
Imaginary Homeland
On the Move Again
Tiny House
Better Homes and Gardens
Home Alone
No Place Like Home - Downloadable Ebook [42 pages]
3.3 MB
Week 4: Mother, Mother
About "Mother, Mother"
The Meal
The Hair
The Help
The Ride
The Shoes
About the Contributing Photographers
Mother, Mother - Downloadable Ebook [46 pages]
1.06 MB
Week 5: "Reminiscentia"
About "Reminiscentia"
Something Preserving a Connection
Something About a Dream
Something Captivating with Beauty
Something Retaining Love
Something Slightly Magical
Reminiscentia - Downloadable Ebook [40 pages]
884 KB
“I can’t say enough about the wonderful writing here. I’ve put myself out there in a few of my pieces here, revealing pieces of me that are less than flattering… and I am deeply moved by the support and encouragement in this group. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for creating and maintaining this environment.”
MARGARET KEEN KEATING, Poet & Executive Assistant
“I cannot recommend Cigdem’s writing groups highly enough. She is extraordinary. You cannot be anywhere in her sphere of influence without being compelled and propelled into action and  transformation. She is winsome and wise; a woman with whom you would be privileged to connect and work with."
RONNA DETRICK, Writer, Speaker & Spiritual Director