MONDAYS, JULY 8-29; AUGUST 5-12 | What are the most vivid scenes you remember–or that you’ve imagined? Write them. Rewrite them, and make them jump off the page. Piece them together and you may have a book. Writing guru William Zinsser suggested starting the process of writing memoir (and it works for fiction, too) by writing vivid scenes. These are moments that have the most emotion – the most juice – 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, fiction, or essay is going. This class is for beginners who want a writing warm-up to get started, or for experienced students who would like to focus on improving their scenes, whether for memoir, essays, or fiction.
Laura Fraser is a New York Times-bestselling memoirist and author of four books of non-fiction and hundreds of magazine articles and essays. She is a longtime member of the Writers Grotto. She brings experience, compassion, a sense of humor, and sometimes snacks and wine to class.
Number of sessions: 6
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dates: Mondays, July 8, 15, 22,; August 5, 12, 19 (no class July 29).
Course fee: $395