Find the right true story to tell in this foundational class in writing book-length memoirs.
What you can learn.
- Identify significant moments from your life
- Structure your story into a book-length work
- Establish habits and tools for effective writing
- Read successful memoirs to discuss their strengths
- Complete an outline and draft of several chapters
About this course:A memoir is a book-length narrative that is told from the writer's point of view and captures a meaningful slice of the writer's life. If you have a story to tell and would like to figure out how best to tell it, this course helps you get started. In-class writing exercises help you identify significant moments from your life, decide on a workable structure for telling your story, and determine what exactly your story is about. You also focus on the habits and tools you need to establish and maintain a writing practice and read excerpts from a range of memoirs for inspiration and guidance. By the end of the course, you have an outline and a draft of one to two chapters.
Spring 2020 Schedule
These courses have both regular online meeting times and self-paced online instruction. Click “See Details” for more information.
Enrollment limited to 20 students. Internet access required. Materials required.
Please note: Due to adjustments made to Spring quarter, this course is now scheduled to be delivered in a hybrid online format. Classes will be delivered weekly in an online forum with occasional scheduled, virtual meeting times to be assigned to the course at the regularly scheduled time block. Further adjustments may be made by the instructor in order to best serve the course material. Please check Canvas regularly for updates.