SATURDAYS, APR. 10 — APR. 17 | At this time in history, especially, many of us want to give voice to our stories. How do you draw readers into your world—whether looking out your bedroom window, hiking along the banks of the Merced River in Yosemite or remembering your first house as a child and its particular smell? In a comfortable environment, we’ll go over the basic elements of great memoir writing. Exercises will help you heighten language through sensory detail, learn the difference between scene and summary, and deal with time shifts by using flashback and slow-motion techniques. We will also talk about how to find the right voice and fully engage your readers. What makes certain voices sing off the page?
In the second session of the class you’ll learn how to go deeper into scenes, how to structure a memoir, and narrative arc. Excerpts from Judith Barrington’s Writing the Memoir and from great memoir writers will be used for inspiration and to help with structure. We will also discuss emotional blocks and ethical concerns. There will be plenty of time for questions. The second session will include a supportive critique session where students bring in work to share. You’ll leave with a body of writing, some new writing friends, handouts sent by email, and the inspiration and determination to keep up a writing schedule.
This class will be held via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.
Louise Nayer, M.F.A., winner of six California Arts Council grants, has been a dedicated creative writing teacher for over 30 years. She has published five books. Burned: A Memoir was an Oprah Magazine Great Read and won the Wisconsin Library Association Award. She has also been published in OZY, Wear Your Voice and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has given readings of her work all over the country and has been interviewed on numerous radio stations, including NPR. www.louisenayer.com
Number of sessions: 2
Date: Saturdays, April 10, 17
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm Pacific time
Course fee: $140