June 18, 2019–July 9, 2019
6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Finding Your Story, Telling Your Truth
Everyone leads a life that is important enough to write about. Everyone is an authority on something, whether that something is personal or something of importance in the larger scheme of things. Toni Morrison said, "I write the books I've always wanted to read." Pablo Neruda wrote an ode to his sox and Tillie Olsen wrote "I stand here ironing." Conversely, Ernest Hemingway wrote about bullfighting but never about his alcoholism, which probably would have been a more interesting topic.
Although we will focus on memoir in this class, individuals who have some experience with personal essay, travelogue, or narrative journalism are also welcome. Our inspiration will be your perspective and your questions about your experience, your world, and the larger world around you. The course will combine lecture, discussion, reading, writing exercises, peer workshop and revision.
$5 copy fee.