Personal Essay and Memoir

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Personal Essay and Memoir

Summer 2021

Taught By: Candy Schulman

Section: A

CRN: 2327

Credits: 3

"Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't," wrote Mark Twain. His words have even more resonance today, when so many actual events are harder to believe than the inventions of a novelist. Nonfiction offers limitless creative possibilities for contemporary writers willing to observe our complex world and translate their observations and experiences into dynamic prose full of insight and provocative ideas. This workshop is for serious beginners and experienced writers of essays and memoirs. Writing discipline is emphasized, and students receive writing prompts and assignments as well as working on their own projects. In workshop, they receive supportive critiques from their peers. Exercises and critiques are designed to help the writer develop a unique voice and style. The instructor offers guidance in using examples and anecdotes and incorporating dialogue and other techniques more common in fiction writing. For inspiration, we read and discuss exemplary work by Joan Didion, David Sedaris, Maureen Dowd, and E.B. White. Finally, print and online publishing markets are analyzed, with tips about submission strategies and marketing suggestions for publishable work.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: June 11, 2021 (Friday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: July 23, 2021 (Friday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 5:56pm 6/18/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 6/7/2021 - 7/28/2021