June 19, 2019–July 31, 2019
Write Memory: Intro to Memoir
This class is for anyone interested in exploring foundational storytelling techniques that can help bring true-life stories alive on the page. Discussions, writing exercises, and peer and teaching artist feedback will help beginning memoirists explore aspects of craft through the telling of your own story. We will generate new work with a focus on a different aspect of craft each week: plot and structure, characterization, conflict, setting, dialogue, and context. Each week you have the opportunity to submit up to 500 words for peer and instructor feedback and participate in a live chat. By the end of class, you have the opportunity to receive feedback on an additional 2,000 words.
We will read excerpts from old and new classic craft books including The Situation and the Story by Vivian Gornick, The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, How Dare We Write! edited by Sherry Quan Lee as well as excerpts from recent bestselling memoirs including All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung, What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth by Rigoberto Gonzalez, Educated by Tara Weston. We will not be reading these books cover to cover as a class, though you are welcome to read them on your own.