This course is for students actively engaged in writing a memoir. The course will include a blend of workshop and craft topics: finding your structure, creating compelling scenes, developing setting and a sense of place, and developing emotional stakes/conflict. In addition, each writer will have two opportunities to share short (five-page) excerpts of their work to be discussed in class. Each meeting will feature a mix of short readings, focus on a craft topic, and workshop/discussion of student work, and some in-class writing exercises. Readings will include a mix of diverse voices, including Carlos Eire, Edwidge Danticat, Garrard Conley, Sherman Alexie, and many others. Students will leave the course with greater practical knowledge of the craft of Memoir/Creative Nonfiction, and tools they can use to move their memoir projects forward.
Details: Intermediate Memoir - February 2024 takes place Mondays February 12, February 19, February 26, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, and April 1 from 6:30-9pm remotely via Zoom.
Prerequisites: Emerging level or all levels memoir, nonfiction, or essay writing course.
Format: Craft workshop with generative writing outside of class and feedback during class.
Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.
Size: Limited to 10 participants (including scholarships).
Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with an advanced level memoir, nonfiction, or essay writing course.
Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.
Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.