The Story of You: An Introduction to Memoir (with Julia Scheeres)

Julia Scheeres

Julia Scheeres

Contact: juliascheeres@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3 & 10

Course fee: $395

How do we take the messy stuff of life and shape it into literature? That’s the focus of this class. Unlike autobiography—which covers the author’s entire life—memoir zooms in on a specific time period that is both meaningful and dramatic.

This class will study noted works by authors ranging from Sonali Deraniyagala to Tobias Wolff to examine what makes a successful memoir work. Students will learn the components of storytelling: vivid characters, evocative descriptions, crisp dialogue, conflict, subtext, and mood. In a supportive environment, they will synthesize their own material and receive constructive feedback from their peers.

This class is a good fit for writers of any level.

Julia Scheeres is author of the memoir Jesus Land, which was a New York Times and London Times bestseller. She reviews fiction and nonfiction for the New York Times Book Review and has taught writing through many venues, including Stanford University. To learn more: www.juliascheeres.com

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