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Memoir Writing I

Many of us have had fascinating lives, whether lived inwardly or outwardly, during childhood long ago or in the past decade. But when it comes to writing a memoir, where do we begin? The day of our birth? The day we left home? The beginning or end of a marriage? Memoir is most successful when it is not the "story of a life" but a focused part of that life: a dozen summers spent working on a grandfather's farm; a long relationship with a dying relative; the first year of law school. In this course, students will explore methods for planning and focusing on what their memoirs should be. Use of a plotting tool to create structure will be covered. In this course, students will complete the first 20-30 pages of a book-length memoir.

Note: Prior experience with writing a personal narrative is recommended but not required.

Course Number: WCWP-40200   Credit: 3 units

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