Making Meaning: Autobiography and Memoir
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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
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Evening
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Monday, January 6, 2020 - 6:00 pm
Located in: Olympia