Course DescriptionHumorous coincidences, extreme trauma, famous exploits--these are often mistaken as the ingredients necessary for memoir writing. Not true. The real work of memoir is about turning life into art, the kind of literature that speaks to the humanity of us all. This four-day intensive class is unlike any other in the way it helps writers enter the psychological space where their deepest stories lie. It then provides them the tools for rendering those stories in compelling prose. Special focus is given on how to forge an involving story line out of the unwieldy mass of life experience. You learn to employ fictional techniques, like characterization, dialogue and plot, to transform personal experience into artful stories relevant to readers. Self-revelation, perhaps the form's greatest challenge, is explored in depth. You also learn how to transfer the people in your life onto the page with integrity and honesty. Finally, the course will provide the insight and experience of guest authors, which also serves as a great networking opportunity.
Course may be taken to satisfy core (Beginning) units in the Creative Nonfiction Certificate Program, or as an elective in either fiction/creative nonfiction certificate.
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Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction, Young Readers, Publishing and Editing, and Poetry)
Nutschell Anne Windsor