3 Credit Hours
Memories, "abiding images", family stories, reflections on the relationship between current and past experiences - and future lives - these are the raw materials for memoir. This course invites writers to mine their own lives for the stuff of literature, and to develop personal stories into engaging, insightful creative nonfiction pieces. We will discuss and analyze a variety of published memoirs and craft essays, explore writing and revision activities both in and out of class, and engage in intensive discussion of each other's writing. This hands-on, "learn by doing" course cultivates attentiveness and other critical abilities realted to reading, writing, revising and discussing creative nonfiction (and even the occasional poem) by identifying and evaluating the aesthetic qualities of various memoir examples, and utilizing genre-specific devices as an impactful resource across cultures and disciplines. Students will draft various memoir forms, writing both in and out of class, and sharing our pieces during informal read-arounds and in workshops. Students will respond to each other's work both verbally and in writing. Finally, students will also reflect on their own writing growth and goals, as well as the memoir's capacity to teach people about their own lives and the powerful sense of value shaping the lives of others. Option for graduate credit.
|ENG328-1E: Creative Writing: Practice of Memoir||Hansel, Pauletta||Open: 8 / Reg: 9 / Max: 17|
8 Week Section
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