The Thirty-Minute Memoir
10-week Online Class
The Thirty-Minute Memoir
Sep 11 - Nov 19
$425 if registered by 08/21/2017
$475 if registered after 08/21/2017
Your course registration includes a free 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or a free ebook; click here for more details.
Instructor: Joelle Fraser
Patterned after our popular Boot Camp course, this class is designed to help break the potentially overwhelming task of writing a memoir into manageable daily writing. Each week will focus on a different aspect of memoir writing, from opening chapters to scenes involving dialogue. Monday through Thursday, participants will be encouraged to post 300 words of new writing, and at the end of the week they will choose 1,000 words from the week’s work (or elsewhere) to submit to their instructor for comment. You must post at least two times per week (during the Monday- Thursday span) in order to receive feedback from me for your Friday 1000-word post—ensuring that you’re motivated to stay on task. By writing for 30 minutes a day (or longer, if you choose), you’ll finish the class with 60 pages of a memoir draft.
Note: Each section will be limited to 10 participants due to the course workload, allowing participants to focus on their own work as well as provide timely comments to their peers.
Week 1: Find Your Focus
Week 2: The Shape of Your Narrative
Week 3: Writing About People
Week 4: Dialogue
Week 5: A Sense of Place
Week 6: Incorporating Detail
Week 7: Research
Week 8: Revision
Week 9: Points of Tension
Week 10: Where Are You Going?
* 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 Matt Spindler at firstname.lastname@example.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) or request a transfer to another course in the same term (no fee).
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.