Who should attend
Those interested in discovering their stories and developing their memoir.
About the course
Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, whose books offer powerful examinations of his harrowing experience in a Nazi concentration camp, once said, “I write to understand as much as to be understood.” Autobiographical writing gives us a unique opportunity to delve deeply into our own lives in order to better comprehend them and to share our stories with others.
This course offers the essential tools and strategies to get started writing your personal autobiographical story. You’ll have the opportunity to explore memories and generate memoir material, and the guidance to zero in on your central themes and narratives. We’ll explore the vital qualities of compelling personal stories and learn how you can use knowledge of these qualities to guide your own choices as a writer of memoir
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Techniques for identifying a vision for your memoir
- How to make the most of your writing time
- The ways that theme, plot, setting and characters contribute to memoir
- Methods for analyzing others’ writing and your own in terms of narrative arc, voice, theme, character development, and place
- How to apply the concepts you’ve learned to future writing projects
Sarah Townsend is the author of Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press, 2019), which was a finalist for the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Firecracker Award for creative nonfiction. She received her MFA from Goddard College and her M.A. ...
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