September 19, 2019–December 12, 2019
6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Write & Publish Your Memoir
From picking up a pen to publication, this class will help you draft and revise a short essay or book chapter and create a targeted publishing strategy that best fits your work. This class is for anyone interested in exploring foundational storytelling techniques to help bring true-life stories alive on the page and get your stories out into the world.
We'll read new and 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 and discuss what makes great literature. We'll learn from the latest bestsellers by examining excerpts from All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung, What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth by Rigoberto Gonzalez, and Educated by Tara Westover, among others.
Discussions, writing exercises, and peer and instructor feedback are all geared to help you write and publish your story. We'll generate new work with a focus on a different aspect of craft each week: plot and structure, characterization, conflict, setting, dialogue, context, and more. You'll have the opportunity to submit work weekly for peer feedback and to submit up to 2,000 words for teaching artist feedback.
No class 11/28.