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Does not include service & handling fees, if applicable.
A workshop for writers working on book-length memoirs or essay collections.
We examine and investigate the tricky questions that haunt writers of personal narrative: where does this story begin and end? What do I want my voice to sound like? How can I ever really know the truth of what happened? Will my unique experience resonate with readers who have never shared it? What will my family think? Through reading assignments and craft discussions, we learn strategies for organizing, structuring and pacing a memoir. Each week, two students will share 50 pages of their work-in-progress, allowing us to engage deeply with the material.
Over the course of the year-long class, each student will have the opportunity to workshop 100 pages total of their manuscript. The instructor will have a private conference with each student to discuss their work at the end of each semester. During the spring term, a literary agent will visit the class to discuss the book publication process for memoir.
Enrollment is limited to 10. Students commit to both fall and spring semesters. To check on spring availability, please email the Poetry Center.
Spring classes meet Thursdays: Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 5, 12 and 19.
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