A Deliberate Construction: The Art and Craft of Memoir with Elizabeth Ferris (Summer Session)

A Deliberate Construction: The Art and Craft of Memoir with Elizabeth Ferris (Summer Session)

295.00

Class Date(s)

August 12 & 13 and 19 & 20, 9:30-11:30am.

Class Details

“Memoir isn’t the summary of a life; it’s a window into a life, very much like a photograph in its selective composition. It may look like a casual and even random calling up of bygone events. It’s not; it’s a deliberate construction.”—William Zinsser  

Our lives are big, messy, beautiful, crazy things. So how do we tame them into a single project like a book? In this 4-session intensive we’ll talk about approaches and strategies for giving shape to our life stories on the page. We’ll read excerpts from published memoirs, engage in discussions of the craft, and put lessons into practice through guided writing exercises. Writers will also have the opportunity to workshop a piece of writing during our second week of class to receive feedback from their instructor and classmates.

This class is ideally suited to writers who have dreams of writing a memoir but aren’t sure where to begin, or writers who have found their drafts have stalled out. Because this is an intensive designed to maximize writers’ exposure to the topic, some outside “homework” will be required. Outside work will not exceed one hour per session (for a total of 4 hours), and the instructor will provide all reading materials.

About the Teacher

Read more about Elizabeth Ferris.

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