The title of this course refers to two things: a knowledge of the basics, and how the memoir pieces you write can accumulate into a collection.
Along with a knowledge of the basics, aspiring memoirists long to know how their stories (from unwritten to published) might coalesce into a vibrant, full-length manuscript. In this class, I’ll present a comprehensive study of the elements of compelling memoir and support you (if you’re ready) in mapping out the architecture of the one meaningful story that only you can tell.
I’ll share essential lessons from the work of best-selling memoirists, as well as my own personal experience as an award-winning memoirist and longtime creative nonfiction editor.
Each week, I’ll give you reading and writing assignments; I’ll read your work and respond to it personally, and you’ll have the option to incorporate feedback in a revision. You’ll also have the option to share your work with other students. At the end of the class, you’ll not only know the rules, and how and when to break them. You’ll have valuable insights on how to develop the writing you generated from this class into something bigger.