ClassWriting Your Memoir
This class is intended for writers who are ready to begin or are partway through a book-length memoir project. Students should have a clear understanding of the theme(s) and narrative arc of the project and will ideally have participated in workshop (feedback)-based classes. During the class, we will focus on broad strokes, such as structure and scene selection, as well as style and form.
Each week, students will read one to two memoir excerpts or personal essays by writers including Alexander Chee, Meredith Talusan, and Elizabeth McCracken, engaging in lively discussion on craft each week. Each student will have an opportunity to receive detailed written feedback from the teaching artist as well as their classmates. This feedback will be written on selected students' pieces weekly and will be focused on questions the text raises rather than subjective preferences. Students should expect to write up to three to five pages each week, total—both their own work, as well as written feedback on classmates’ work.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at email@example.com or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.