Memoir Writing

Schools of Public Engagement: Creative Writing

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Writing Memoirs
Spring 2024
Taught By: Candy Schulman
Section: A

CRN: 2326

Credits: 3

“The memoir is the novel of the 21st century,” writes Susan Cheever. This contemporary art form holds a prominent place in today’s literary world. Editors respond to voice and tone, where writers capture the story, transport readers to another place, and convey honest feelings. Memoirs range from the humorous style of David Sedaris, to the stark minimalism of Joan Didion and Nick Flynn, who push new boundaries. This workshop is designed for writers who have started a memoir as well as those looking to transform and cultivate an idea into larger themes. Students work on short personal histories or book-length projects. Writers develop a compelling voice and point of view, creating dramatic tension and scenes with sensual detail. Discussions include what makes a memoir publishable in today’s market, crafting an elevator pitch and cover letter to approach agents and editors.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Creative Writing (CRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:14pm EDT 4/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 510
Date Range: 1/24/2024 - 5/8/2024