THIS WEEK’S CLASS was the first in a new six-week series. I particularly love these first nights, since it brings the challenge back to me to explain what memoir is, what it is not, and what is required to write it. Each time I do this, I do it differently, long ago having abandoned a script I once hid behind for this presentation. Want to know what I said?
I covered some of my favorite topics, including these:
- What memoir is not
- Using lists
- Asking yourself: What is this about?
- Being counterphobic
- The vomit draft
- Reporting your life
After that, we got to the work, reading eight pieces of memoir brought in by the students. I use their work to teach, and from those pieces and their issues we discussed topics as vast as:
Each week, I run a post here called Class Notes. Be sure to check it out.
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