MONDAYS, JANUARY 22—MARCH 5 | How do you start writing about your life, either in memoir or personal essay? Hint: Not at the beginning. The scenes we remember most vividly in our lives are the ones that carry the most meaning and emotional weight. In this class, we’ll write vivid scenes as a way of developing a memoir or just to improve your technique writing scenes for other narrative work. Once you write several vivid scenes, you start to see your material form–your themes and structure. This is a workshop class, both for people who have taken Vivid Scenes: Developing Your Memoir and for others who have some experience writing scenes. The class will be supportive, encouraging your writing, whatever the level. No harsh critiques allowed!
Laura Fraser is a long-time Grotto member who has written two memoirs and another work of nonfiction. Her personal essays and feature articles have appeared in a number of publications, including the New York Times’ “Modern Love,” Oprah magazine, Salon, Gourmet, Vogue, Sunset, and many others. She is currently working on her own vivid scenes for a new memoir.
Number of sessions: 6
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dates: Mondays, January 22, 29; February 5, 12, (no class February 19), 26; March 5
Course fee: $395