Courses and Descriptions

GENI-9901Life Writing 55+

Walt Whitman famously wrote that he "contains multitudes". We all contain contradictions and complexities that are the result of our life experiences, our stories, our histories, our hurts, and our triumphs. In this course you will be encouraged to explore the stories and experiences that make you who you are. In our small and supportive class environment of seasoned adults (55+), you will read, write, and workshop short memoir, personal essays, and other forms of life-writing that will provide you with the confidence to write your stories in a way that is meaningful for you. You will be asked to consider what makes a successful life-story (instead of simply a sequence of events told to another person), to think through what the difference is between memoir and fiction writing, and how to structure your stories so they are the most impactful to an audience of readers.
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