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Tuesdays, Oct 5 - Dec 14
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 meetings
Semester:
  • Fall 2021
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Meeting Location:
  • Online
Room: Zoom Room 5

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The Memoir Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

Workshop is for writers who want to think seriously about their book-length memoir or essays in the context of narrative voice, structure and improving their craft. We’ll use exercises, discussion, readings, and peer review to give you strategies for revision or help you see your memoir in a new light. Each week we will workshop pieces from class members and discuss characterization, description, scene vs. narrative summary, time and pacing, arc, and real-world consequences and ethical considerations when writing and publishing true-to-life stories. You should expect to present a new or revised piece one to two times over the 6 sessions and gain competence and confidence in the genre through critiquing your classmates’ work. Students are expected to read and comment on their fellow student’s submissions each week. While new writing is encouraged, interested writers should also consider this an opportunity to work through problems that have arisen with an existing manuscript. Writers will leave this class armed with the tools to transform previous and new work, even the most difficult ones, into a clear and compelling memoir of any length.

Please note: This class or event will be held online (using Zoom or a similar live platform). To participate, students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register. Check your spam box if you don't see it.

Dates:
  • October 5
  • October 19
  • November 2
  • November 16
  • November 30
  • December 14
The MuseTeacher: Cynthia Davis
Prerequisite: Open to returning members and creative nonfiction writers with workshop experience