Explore new ways to tell your story through the memoir form.
The Modern memoir borrows as much from poetry and fiction as it does from the essay tradition.
This 5-week class will seek to brew up a genre concoction consisting of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction as you seek to find new ways to tell your stories. Memoir Foundations will investigate how a memoir can dilate from the intimate idiosyncratic personal experience into other ways of knowing.
This class will consist of in-class writings, readings, and workshops to push ourselves into new ways of knowing and new ways of telling. No experience is necessary for this class which will seek to ground both newbies and old salts in the tradition of writing into unknowing our own life experiences and finding ways to re-experience them to write about them newly. You’ll read Joan Didion, James Baldwin, Geoffrey Wolff, Tony Hoagland, Victor LaValle, JoAnne Beard, and Mat Johnson among others.
David Stuart MacLean is a PEN/American award-winning essayist. His essays and stories have been featured in The New York Times, the Guardian UK, Newsweek, Ploughshares, and on the radio program, This American Life. His memoir The Answer to the Riddle Is Me was named by Kirkus Review as one of the Best Books of 2014. He co-founded the award-winning Poison Pen Reading Series in Houston, TX.