Intro to Memoir - 4 weeks (with Celia Jeffries) - ONLINE
We all have memories that stay with us. Somewhere inside them is usually a story. It may be highly subjective, but more often than not, it holds a universal truth. How do you get to that truth? How do you create a story that has energy and depth and speaks to the reader? This workshop will focus not only on WHAT is being written but also on HOW it is written. Through writing exercises, readings, and discussions of both nonfiction and fiction, we will explore techniques to awaken the personal story on the page. While writers will not be submitting work to the group for feedback, there will be lots of opportunities after in-class writing to share with the group for brief, supportive, on-the-spot feedback. Limited to 10 writers.
Workload: There are no outside requirements. Participants will be given suggested readings and prompts if they'd like to do more outside of class, but it is not required.
WHEN: 4 Weeks: Tuesdays, February 7 - 28 (1 - 3pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference (live)
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
CELIA JEFFRIES is the author of the award-winning novel Blue Desert, and her work has appeared in numerous newspapers and literary magazines including Westview, Solstice, and Puerto del Sol, as well as the anthology Beyond the Yellow Wallpaper. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Turkey Land Cove Foundation, and La Muse. She holds an MA from Brandeis and an MFA from Lesley University. She is currently at work on a memoir.
WEEK ONE: What is memoir?
WEEK TWO: How we write what we remember
WEEK THREE: Structuring a memoir
WEEK FOUR: Putting the puzzle pieces together (research, revision, publishing, etc)
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