Writing A Memoir


Guided by William Zinsser’s wise, practical and humorous
book, we will consider many kinds of personal writing: memoirs,
diaries, family histories, journals, letters, even poetry.

The class will be a lecture-discussion-workshop. Class
members will write and read their work and “gently”
critique each other’s work — only with the writer’s permission.
The class will feature practical exercises to help
students get started and keep writing.

As Zinsser says, “Be yourself, speak freely, and think
small.” In his 2004 book, Writing About Your Life,
Zinsser says: “It’s a memoir of my own life, but it’s also
a teaching book — along the way I explain the reducing
and organizing decisions I made. I never felt that
my memoir had to include all the important things that
ever happened to me — a common temptation when
old people sit down to summarize their life journey. On
the contrary, many of the chapters in my book are about
small episodes that were not objectively “important” but
that were important to me. Because they were important
to me, they also struck an emotional chord with readers,
touching a universal truth that was important to them.”

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Fairlington Community Center
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Suydam 10/25 - 12/13 Fr 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM $55.00 View