September 17, 2019–December 10, 2019
Beginning the Narrative Life: Writing Memoir
Have you led such an eventful life that people often say you should write a book? Or is it just the opposite: you feel your life has been too ordinary to write about, and you've been ignoring the ember glowing inside you, leading you back time and again to that perpetually blank page? Whether you have lots of stories in mind or only a few, or even if you think you have none at all, you will be surprised by the richness that emerges by the end of this introductory course.
We'll start with exercises designed to sharpen your senses as to the details of daily life, past and present, and the people who have inhabited it. We'll consider memory: how it functions on its own and how it sometimes needs to be nudged by invention. By studying the published writings of others, we'll explore how the simplest elements can be woven into narratives of depth and meaning. A field trip and DVD will provide additional inspiration. Finally, there will be ample opportunity for supportive, constructive feedback from class members and the teaching artist.
Copy fee $10.00.
No class 11/26.