Continuing Education

Mining Memories: Jump Start Your Memoir

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Mining Memories: Jump Start Your Memoir

This workshop offers an exploration of memoir writing — a study of the genre and its evolution. During the hands-on class, we will uncover memories long forgotten. With disregard for perfection, we will find pieces of self through the practice of reflection. We will work to understand the faulty nature of memory and gain confidence to capture the essence of personal history. Then, we will learn how to strengthen our storytelling by using fiction writing techniques.

This class is for writers of all abilities. Memoir writers can work on short pieces or a book-length project, and will receive personal feedback from the instructor. Participants will be encouraged to consider the purpose of their memoir work: Does it have a universal theme? Is it a story that can only be written by you? Who will be the audience for the narrative — family, friends, niche, general?

*Recommended reading: “Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Memoir Writing” by Natalie Goldberg.

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