Advanced Memoir: From First Sentence to Resolution

Advanced Memoir: From First Sentence to Resolution

September 10 -  November 12

$435 if registered by 03/12/2018
$485 if registered after 03/12/2018

Your course registration includes a free 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or a free ebook; click here for more details.

Refund and cancellation policies

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Instructor: Kase Johnstun

This class is designed for writers who have already explored the basics of memoir and are ready to tackle the challenges of longer excerpts and full-length manuscripts. Over the course of 10 weeks, we will look at how to start a full manuscript, how to conceptualize and write “critical chapters,” and how to use/write a resolution in memoir when it must reflect real life.  We will also look at the importance of Truth in memoir. When is it okay to fill in gaps, cut or combine characters, or or speed up narrative to write an entertaining scene or narrative? You will learn the advanced technique of creating a contract between you, the author, and your reader, look at expanding your memoir beyond the the personal (the “I”), and practice incorporating the world surrounding your story using scene, research, and detail.Week 1: Truth vs. truth in Creative Nonfiction – Ethics of Writing Memoir

Week 2: First Sentences and First Chapters -- Establishing Voice
Week 3: Description for the Sake of Moving the Narrative Forward -- Working with Body Chapters
Week 4: Tackling the Hardest Part of Writing Memoir -- Who Can You Include
Week 5: Interviewing Others to Enrich Your Memoir
Week 6: Taking the “ME” out of Memoir – Weaving in Other People’s Stories
Week 7: Writing Climactic Chapters in Memoir
Week 8: Writing a Resolution in Memoir
Week 9: How Reading Travel Writing Can Help with Memoir
Week 10: Publishing

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* US residents will receive a complimentary 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction with their online class registration (or a 4-issue extension to their existing subscription). Students outside the US can receive a free copy of the ebook Creating Nonfiction, or can choose to receive a 4-issue print subscription for the cost of shipping fees. We regret that we are not able to supply complimentary digital subscriptions for international students at this time.

If you are an international student who would like a print subscription instead of an ebook, please contact us at information@creativenonfiction.org after you register.

Refund and cancellation policies

By 5pm EST on the Monday before classes begin (one week prior to start date):

  • Students may request a refund (less a $50 application fee). You may also request a transfer (no fee) to another course in the same term or future term. Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.

By 5pm EST on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes:

  • Students may transfer their enrollment credit to a future course (less a $95 processing fee for 10-week courses or a $75 processing fee for 5-week courses). Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.
  • Students may switch to another class in the same term (subject to availability) for a $25 fee.

No refunds or transfers will be offered after this deadline.