Making Meaning: Autobiography and Memoir

Winter
Winter 2020
Olympia
Olympia
Evening
Evening
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
4
Credits per quarter

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creative writing, sustainability, public policy

Our greatest meaning is in our stories. We will examine how to excavate, shape, and craft stories of self that make individual and community meaning. Life is a myth unfolding, noted Joseph Campbell. We need new myths to solve complex problems, find self-healing; and to make pathways for meaning, healing, and problem-solving. Students will study effective craft in autobiographies and memoirs and will write and revise autobiographically-rooted pieces. We will consider how to write for self, and to transform stories for others. Who are you as a character in various chapters of your life? Who are others? What are the scenes that hold a legacy that may blaze a trail for others? How do we access memories, and when do we use creative non-fiction to tell a greater truth?  The course will include writing workshops, readings, critique groups, draft and revision skills and techniques, and one-on-one faculty support.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Writing, Communications, Counseling, Public Policy

4

Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
Evening

Scheduled for: Evening

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 6:00 pm
SEM 2 E3109 - Seminar

Located in: Olympia