Exploring Nowhere Else I Want To Be: A Memoir

Exploring the Themes: Four-session book study

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The purpose of this course is to provide you with

a guide for personal exploration of

the award-winning book:

Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir.

Finalist / 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards (Memoir)

Finalist / 2017 Next Generation Indie Excellence Awards (Autobiography/Memoir)

In this Readers Forum course you will:

Be encouraged to acknowledge and look at your reactions to various events and narratives in the book;

Explore the book's themes of transformation, and living with addictions;


Explore the book's themes of social justice and illness and dying;


Be encouraged to reflect on your own life and what you've learned.

"Nowhere Else I Want to Be is a treasure as much as it is a tragedy, if for nothing else, for Carol’s bold, dignified, and honest approach to a truth best not left forgotten."

5-STAR REVIEW / Authors Talk About It

"Marsh paints vivid word-pictures of the women of Miriam's House, enabling us to enter their lives as much as it is humanly possible. And we come away from the book moved by both the story she tells and the honesty with which she tells it."

A&U Magazine







Your Instructor

Carol D. Marsh
Carol D. Marsh

Carol D. Marsh was Founding Executive Director of Miriam's House -- a residence for Washington, DC's homeless women living with AIDS. Marsh lived and worked at Miriam's House until December 31, 2009, when chronic migraine disease forced her to resign.

Under her leadership, Miriam's House was home for more than 150 women and 30 children, and won the 2003 Washington Post Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award.

Marsh founded the FORUM FOR GROWTH IN SERVICE in 2017. She has spoken about her life and work at Miriam's House to various DC-area groups, including Georgetown University's Medical Residents (Family Medicine); Washington Scholars Program; ALIVE!; Washington AIDS Partnership; and Discipleship Year.

In August 2014, Marsh earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Her thesis was Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir, published in January 2017. Learn more HERE.


Awards for "Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir"

  • GRAND PRIZE WINNER (Nonfiction): Authors Talk About it 2017 Book Contest
  • FINALIST: National Indie Excellence Awards (Memoir), 2017
  • FINALIST: Next Generation Indie Excellence Awards (Autobiography/Memoir), 2017
  • FINALIST: Sarton Women's Book Award (Memoir), 2018

Marsh's essays have been honored as the Winner of the 2016 New Millennium Writings Literary Nonfiction Award; as Honorable Mention in the 5th Anniversary Contest (2016) of the literary journal, Under the Gum Tree; and as Honorable Mention in Soundings Review's 2014 First Publication Contest.

Her essays have appeared or are upcoming in Los Angeles Review, River Teeth, New Millennium Writings Anthology,The Tishman Review, Lunch Ticket, bioStories, Getting Old Anthology, and Jenny Magazine.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
You can start the course whenever you like and move through the four lectures at your own pace. You decide when you start and when you finish. And you'll be able to return as often as you like for review - no extra charge.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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