Class OverviewAre you ready to tell the story of (or some stories from) your life? In this class, the goal will be to find new ways to keep the writing flowing as you explore the themes, subjects and scenes that you feel most compelled to write. Each 90-minute class will include one or more short in-class writing exercises. In the sixth and final class, you will have an opportunity to read a polished short excerpt from your work to your classmates. There will be some handouts and/or reading suggestions. Students will be expected to write between classes. Receive support and guidance to overcome any fears you have about writing and sharing your writing with others. Find your voice and learn how to write your story comfortably as yourself. Discover how to write effective scenes and dialogue. Explore how to portray people and places vividly. Practice writing thoughtful and engaging passages of reflection. For students who have taken the Introduction to Memoir Writing class (not required), this workshop will be an opportunity to deepen and strengthen your craft and confidence.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Overcome fears about writing.
- Find your voice and learn to write comfortably and confidently as yourself.
- Discover your story through writing.
- Treat your writing seriously and with respect.
- Learn to think, observe, interview and read as a writer.
- Share your writing with others.
- Understand the tools of the trade, borrowing from fiction writers, journalists and poets.
Who Should Take this Class?
- Anyone interested in discovering their story and voice through writing
- Writers interested in exploring memoir and seeking the structure of a class, support of an instructor and a community of peers
- People who have begun a memoir and would like support to continue
- All levels are welcome!
This class is held online by videoconferencing. It is led by an instructor(s) in real-time as an interactive class experience. To attend and participate fully you will need access to a computer or device with video and a microphone, plus high-speed internet connection. Instructions to access the class will be emailed to you by the instructor or staff member before the class begins. Note: part of this class might be recorded, for the students and instructor to use for review only; recordings will be deleted after the end of the quarter.