ClassWriting Memoir: Inspiration and More from Bestsellers
What craft lessons can be found in best-selling memoirs? Learn how to best tell your life's story as we explore techniques used in All You Can Ever Know (Nicole Chung) and Men We Reaped (Jesmyn Ward).
Discover real-life solutions to problems memoirists face by evaluating where these memoirs excel and where they fall short. Learn how to include what's already captured in journals. Find out how to develop and write about the people and essential events of your life, even if you don't remember them well anymore. We'll explore techniques used to write powerful dialogue without having recordings of life's most important conversations.
From these acclaimed memoirs and class discussion, discover how best to frame a narrative, how to determine where to begin and where to end, what to keep in and what to leave out. Get guidance needed on including family secrets-—and whether to mention them at all. In-class writing exercises are designed to help students work through the challenges particular to their stories and to reveal strengths within their narrative.
Please read the first chapter of each book for the first class.