Writing the Memoir with Laura Fraser – (1/24 – 3/6, no class 2/14)
Number of sessions: 6
Meeting time: Tuesday nights, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Dates: Jan. 24 to March 6
Course fee: $395 with $100 to reserve space in the class
Contact the instructor to register. All deposits are non-refundable.
Description: This class is for people who have always wanted to write a story from their life experience. How do you put all your thoughts and experiences together and make it something someone wants to read? Over the course of six weeks, we will look at the skills you need to turn your life story into a good book: scenes, description, lively writing, theme, and a narrative arc. We’ll also talk about tricky questions about writing about loved ones, when things are too personal, truth as you remember it, and jumping around in time.We will be looking at excerpts from several memoirs to illustrate each discussion. The class will take on one topic per week, with writing exercises, and everyone having an opportunity to workshop a piece of their memoir once (with a rewrite) or twice (without a rewrite).
This class is equally appropriate for serious beginners who want to stop talking about hoping to write a book someday and want to get started, step-by-step, making that a reality, as well as for more experienced writers who are in the process of revising their memoirs.
I suggest you read Writing the Memoir, by Judith Harrington, which we will be referring to in class.
Instructor Bio: Laura Fraser is the author of two memoirs, the NYT-bestselling An Italian Affair, and the recently-released All Over the Map. She is an award-winning essayist who has written for numerous publications, including O, the Oprah Magazine; Gourmet; the New York Times; Mother Jones; and many others. She has taught writing at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Aspen Summer Words, and Laura’s Mexican Writing Fiesta.