Vivid Scenes: Getting Your Memoir Underway (with Laura Fraser)

Laura Fraser




TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 19—OCTOBER 17  | You have a story to tell about your life, but you don’t know where to begin. The tendency is to start at the beginning and plod along, but that rarely makes for a compelling read. Writing guru William Zinsser suggested starting the process by writing vivid scenes, the moments that have the most emotion, and then slowly letting the memoir take shape in theme and structure. In this class, we will work on those beginning scenes, and over time, see where your memoir is going.


Laura Fraser is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir An Italian Affair, and All Over the Map. She is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in numerous national magazines. She has been teaching for over 10 years, including at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is currently working on a new memoir, so is right in the midst of what she’ll be teaching. She brings humor and compassion to every class.


Number of sessions: 5

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates: Tuesdays, September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17

Course fee: $295

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