Writing a memoir: an introduction

Course Dates: 16/01/20 - 20/02/20
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Location: International House
Tutors:
Julie Garton

Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This six week course will help you plan and craft a memoir that will resonate and inspire.

Description

What is the course about?

Do you have a story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This six week course guides students in planning and crafting a memoir. Students will explore both the language and structural elements of writing a memoir.

Please note that this course is located in a room with step access. If you have difficulties with mobility or use a wheelchair please contact us at writing@citylit.ac.uk to discuss.

The Tutor: Julie studied at the University of Essex, the Central School of Speech and Drama and Dartington College. She has written several plays for young audiences for, amongst others, the Unicorn Theatre for Children. She currently writes articles about landscape, heritage and nature. Julie won the 2014 British Czech and Slovak creative writing prize for her personal essay about the Czech Poet and dissident Ivan Blatny.

City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.

What will we cover?

- Where to start your story.
- Which segments of the story to include in your memoir.
- Language techniques that work well in the genre.
- Structural techniques that work well in the genre.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Select an appropriate starting point for your memoir.
- Develop an engaging opening to your memoir.
- Select appropriate material for subsequent chapters.
- Understand language and structural techniques that work well in the genre.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Although this is an introductory course, it would be useful for students to have working knowledge of language techniques used in creative writing.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Students will be guided through a mix of pair work, group work, formal instruction from the tutor, writing exercises and workshopping.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a range of creative non-fiction courses that would enable those writing a memoir to further develop their skills. Browse the writing section of our website for further information.

All students are invited to join us at City Lit Talks Back, our monthly performance night for City Lit writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

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Great in-class exercises to develop our skills and perspective as memoirists. It was enriching for both beginners in the class and those with a little more experience.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/05/2019)
It's informative and it's fun. I look forward to it every week.
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Review by Maria Tolly / (Posted on 26/03/2019)
Take it. It's excellent. You will need to do the homework.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 23/03/2019)
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Course Code: HW477

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Thu, eve, 16 Jan - 20 Feb '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £52.00

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