Special Topics in Nonfiction

The Memoir Series: The I-Narrator vs. the I-Character

Friday, August 4th, 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

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:

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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Alysia Abbott
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  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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