CURRENT CLASS OFFERINGS
CREATIVE NONFICTION I
September 4, 2018
Explore this multi-faceted and popular genre, which ranges in scope from literary journalism to personal narrative and memoir, in this interactive 6-week course.
Through sample readings, discussion, in-class writing exercises, and writing assignments, we will learn to use the narrative devices--narrator stances, characterization, verb tenses, dialogue, and scene and setting--that make this form of prose especially fascinating and appealing.
Open to writers of all levels of experience who are confident with basic sentence structure and composition.
November 3, 2018
Most often associated with biographies, the memoir is simply an historical account written from one’s own knowledge. If you’re ready to focus the lens of your writing inward, come explore this highly personal genre and discover how it differs from fiction, personal essays, and autobiographies. We’ll discuss and practice strategies of reflection, the difference between "narrator" and "character" in memoir, and address the difficulties with including others in our personal stories. We’ll also look at and closely read examples of memoir structures, and observe how they differ from traditional "plots" in fiction. Be ready to read, write, and share as we tackle the ultimate subject – you!
“Meg created an environment that fostered creativity. She had a great deal of information to provide on the subject, including written material we could take with us. Her comments on our work was also very insightful and helpful. I will take her class again as soon as I can. Thank you!”
“Meg brings a depth of experience and knowledge to this topic and put a lot of effort into making this class a good experience for participants of all levels. She's a natural teacher who knows how to simultaneously encourage and challenge.”