Memoir writing is a rich and gratifying endeavor, made easier by mastering the specific skills memoir writing demands. The goals of this class are to clarify the distinctions that apply to memoir writing specifically: finding thematic mode (narrowing the scope), establishing a personal writing voice, clarifying setting (time and place), and determining point of view and tense preferences. The process is also enriched by group support, by working with and learning from other memoir writers. An added bonus is that the skills taught in this class readily transfer to other forms of personal writing.
Students will be given instruction (with handouts) and will also write for twenty minutes each time, after which they can volunteer to share their working drafts and garner feedback from the instructor and the class. They can also just listen and join the discussion, gaining insight that way. Students can submit three-five pages of memoir per week to me for feedback and encouragement.
Please bring a computer or journal to class for written exercises.