Every life holds many tales. This class is for writers who have a true story they feel compelled to tell.
It takes courage to share one’s life story. Many times it deals with what was lost, what was broken, what was said, what was mended. We’ll provide a safe atmosphere in which to write about your experience in either the personal essay or memoir form.
There is an alternative for those who find themselves reluctant to tell their story – the fictionalized memoir. This hybrid genre allows the writer to relay their experience, or life story, as a fictional account. The author is free to play with timelines and create a searing emotional journey that can be just as powerful and truthful as any memoir.
Both forms of memoir are welcome in class.
Each week you will have the chance to bring in up to 5 double-spaced pages of work to be shared and discussed in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Attention will be paid to structure, tempo, dialogue and characterization. If time allows, there will be in-class writing prompts.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 203.227.3250 OR EMAIL INFO@WESTPORTWRITERS.ORG
LIMITED TO 7 STUDENTS
Westport Writers’ Workshop, 3 Sylvan Road South, Westport
8 Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 28, March 7