By exploring the nature of and diversity in memoir and related genres, you will learn how to channel your life experiences into creative writing. Course readings, exercises and instruction will stimulate your memory and guide you in the development of a unique voice and style. Thought-provoking participation by a guest writer will push you to discover your emotional truth and hone your craft. Whether you write for personal satisfaction or for publication, the essay, memoir or fiction you create will bring your memories to life. For the Spring-Summer 2013 session, Allyson’s guest will be Peter Behrens, author of the novels The Law of Dreams, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award, and The O’Briens, both based in part on his family history, and the upcoming story collection Travelling Light. www.peterbehrens.org
Textbook: Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir, William Zinsser.
Students will be sent information on how to access the course site a few days before the start of the course. Please note that the system takes approximately 3 days from a student's registration date to generate passwords--students who register by the Thursday before the start date will have access for the first day of the course.
There are no prerequisites for this course.