@Union Market: Making Memoir Meaningful: Craft, Authenticity and Voice (18100)

*SOLD OUT* Four Saturdays: November 3, 10, and 17 and December 1; 10 a.m. to noon *SOLD OUT*

$160.00 (10% off for members)

*SOLD OUT* Imagine your tale, touching others.

You want to write because you think you have something to say. Guess what? You do. Your stories aren’t meaningful just to you; they can powerfully affect your readers as well. Of course, this doesn’t happen automatically; we’ve all listened to or read other people’s anecdotes that bore us, that have no bearing on our lives. And yet as humans we are all connected. We differ, but we share universal passions, sorrows, yearnings, and joys. Discovering the thread that links us all will make our writing light up another person’s mind—and heart. And mastering craft, authenticity, and voice will lead us to that thread.

This workshop explores these crucial elements of personal writing—craft, authenticity, and voice—via lecture, example, practice, and feedback.

Participants will workshop one essay or manuscript excerpt (up to 1500 words.) We will consider how to build a compelling plot using real-life events; the difference between an anecdote and a story; and how to use events from your life to illustrate universal themes that illuminate the human condition.

This class is open to all levels of writers.  

We will read Mary Karr's Art of Memoir in its entirety, mining it for guidance and discussing its ideas across the four-week session.

Please bring writing materials (pen and paper or laptop) and the Karr text to every class. You will be writing in class and at home after the first session.

We will rely on email for communication and distribution of student writing after the first week. To participate fully in the class, it is necessary to have an email account that you check regularly. *SOLD OUT*


Required Reading:

Art of Memoir, by Mary Karr (9780062223074)

Mathina Calliope is a writer, teacher, editor, and writing coach living in Arlington, VA. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post’s Magazine and Outlook sections, on NPR’s Morning Edition, and on Prevention.com. She is currently writing draft 3 of Deprivation Vacation, a memoir about quitting her job at 43 to hike the Appalachian Trail. Learn more: www.mathinacalliope.com

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

SKU: MakingMemoirMeaningful18100
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ISBN: 9780062223074
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2016