This course is designed for writers who are interested in exploring the genre of memoir/creative nonfiction and who are in the process of writing (or who hope to write) a book-length memoir, or a collection of linked personal essays.
In each session, we will examine an aspect of the memoir-writing process--including finding a balance between showing and telling, developing powerful scenes, creating a sense of place and context for the reader, and finding one's theme or through-line. Participants will complete a series of short writing exercises to apply the various techniques discussed in class.
By the end of the course, you will have a broader understanding of the various tools and techniques that make for good memoir, and be on your way to finding the focus of your own life stories.
NOTE: There will be no class session on October 11 in honor of Indigenous People's Day.
This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.
Judah Leblang is a storyteller, memoirist and writing teacher. His essays and commentaries have been broadcast throughout the US on more than 150 NPR and ABC-network radio stations, as well as several Canadian stations. He is a regular columnist for Bay Windows, Boston’s gay newspaper, and an instructor at Grub Street. He is the author of two memoirs: Finding My Place (2013) and Echoes of Jerry (2019).