Making Meaning: Autobiography and Memoir

Winter
Winter 2020
Olympia
Olympia
EveningWeekend
Evening and Weekend
Sophomore-Senior
Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 17
12
Credits per quarter

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creative writing, sustainability, public policy

Our greatest meaning is in our stories. As a community, this program 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 craft their own autobiographically-rooted writing. In our passion for the need of stories to illuminate life's pathways, we first write for self, to process and make sense and healing out of our experiences. We will learn to transform stories for self to writing 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? In addition to concentrating on autobiography and memoir, we will use stories of self in workshops to write poetry, flash fiction, and other genres. The program will include in-class writing workshops, critique groups, local writers as speakers, and one-on-one faculty support.

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

Writing, Communications, Counseling, Public Policy

12

Credits per quarter

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.
Sophomore-Senior
Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 17
EveningWeekend

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Located in: Olympia