Objectives

Nobody will ever be better at telling your story better than you. Biographers may disagree but honestly…it’s your story. Whatever biases you bring, are also a part of that story. A memoir is a book-length narrative that is told from the writer’s point of view in an attempt to capture meaningful moments in the writer’s life. If you have a story to tell and would like to figure out how best to tell it, it is my intention to offer you advice, resources, and writing exercises to help get you started so you can begin to identify significant moments in your life and  decide on a workable structure for telling those stories, and so you can determine what exactly your story is about. I’ll also share suggested readings from a range of memoirs for inspiration and guidance.

In a memoir, first-person essay, or any other form of autobiographical non-fiction, first person narration requires structure to give the reader a sense of propulsive motion, and it’s guided by a narrator who is deliberately crafted. We will look at the ways in which language can be used to create tone, so that the emotional freight of your words is as potent as the storytelling. And crucially, we will consider the writer’s responsibility to the reader: the importance of being a guide who includes the reader in the sensory, emotional, and intellectual experience you mean to share through your writing.