Micro-memoir: a taster

Course Dates: 15/11/24
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Location: Online
A life is measured in moments as well as momentous occasions. This fun day workshop coaches students in the art of micro-memoir. Can you write about an instant that changed you in fewer than 200 words?
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Micro-memoir: a taster
  • Course Code: HW140
  • Dates: 15/11/24 - 15/11/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 20:30
  • Taught: Fri, Evening
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Julie Garton

Course Code: HW140

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Fri, eve, 15 Nov - 15 Nov '24

Duration: 1 session

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0415

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What is the course about?

The micro-memoir is becoming an increasingly popular genre within the discipline of creative non-fiction. This day workshop introduces students to this blossoming area of life writing and offers guidance on manipulating form, language and structure for effect.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- What is a micro-memoir?
- What are the key elements of the form?
- Which approaches to structure can you use in this genre?
- Which language techniques work well in this genre?

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

- Understand the key elements of the form.
- Understand approaches to structure and language in micro-memoir.
- Write three micro-memoirs of your own.

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

This course is best suited to students who already have some experience with life writing or creative non-ficiton, although beginners are also welcome.

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

You will be taught through a mix of pair work, group work, tutor instruction, text analysis and in-class writing activities.

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.

City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.

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

Please bring pen and paper.

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

Why not try one of our longer life writing courses such as Autobiographical writing, Writing a memoir or Creative non-fiction?

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work 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.

Julie Garton

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.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.