3 points Mon & Wed, 2:00 - 4:10 pm
May 21 - June 27
Instructor: Lori Soderlind
While memoir offers a glimpse into the very private world of an individual, the best narratives also cast a light on the world around them, giving the reader a deeper understanding of a particular time and place. In this class we will explore the flexibility of the genre, particularly the opportunities to go beyond the simple confessional formula. By interweaving the personal with the political (or the social, the economic, the environmental, etc), writers will learn how to utilize first person experience to illuminate a subject beyond the self. Through both reading and writing assignments, we will study a range of craft concerns and narrative tools (construction of a narrator, scene, memory, reporting and research, dramatic tension, and of course the ever-elusive “truth”) available to the memoirist.