The Memoir Series: Seeing Yourself as a Character
One of the great challenges of writing personal memoirs and essays is being able to see yourself as a character in the story and not merely the person telling the story. Through lectures, in-class exercises, and close readings of successful personal writing, this course will give you the tools to create distance between the I-narrator and the I-character. We will also look at ways to create a compelling narrative voice and explore issues of likeability versus honesty and reliability. You will leave this class with new material and fresh insights into old material.
Part of GrubStreet's Memoir Series, dedicated to the craft and process of memoir writing. Classes include:
- The Memoir Series: Where to Begin
- The Memoir Series: Seeing Yourself as a Character
- The Memoir Series: Writing the Family
- The Memoir Series: Memory vs. Truth
- The Memoir Series: Details! Details! Details!
- The Memoir Series: The Power of Place
To learn more about instructor Alysia Abbott and her teaching style, check out the short podcast with her in our GrubStreet Instructor Interview series:
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- Book-Length Memoir
- Personal Essay