Literature & Writing

Writing A Memoir

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

The class format will be a lecture-discussion-workshop.
Students will write, read their work and gently critique
each other’s work — only with the writer’s permission.
Practical exercises will help students get started in
memoir writing and inspire them to keep writing.

As Zinsser recommends, “Be yourself, speak freely, and
think small.” In his 2004 book, Writing About Your Life,
Zinsser states:

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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