People should take this class if…
Essentials: They are interested in getting started writing a memoir or personal essays and are looking for some practical ideas for telling their stories in a compelling way that goes beyond “here’s the bad thing that happened to me.”
First Impressions: They are writing a memoir and want help writing a first chapter and/or prologue that is both grabs the reader’s attention and prepares the reader for the book ahead.
Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
My Facebook Fan Page is Theo Pauline Nestor
My Twitter handle: theopnestor
What’s your teaching philosophy?
Meet students where they’re at and share generously everything I learned the hard way. Break literary concepts down into steps that are clear and doable.
Faulkner said to “kill your darlings.” Can you remember a specific darling you’ve killed and why? (Refrain from admitting to actual homicide in your Classy Talk Survey.)
I wrote an entire memoir (Light Sleeper: The Making of an Unlikely Mother) that I had to accept was good but not quite good enough to be published. It was my first book, and while it was horrible at the time to kill it off, I’m very glad now that I did.
What’s your favorite implement to write with? Why?
Fine tip Sharpie (black). Because it looks so good on yellow legal pad paper.
What are you working on right now? What’s the hardest thing about it?
I’m writing a comic strip called Lost In Mill Town. I don’t know what I’m doing because I’ve never written a comic strip before and I’m a novice at drawing. But it’s SO much fun!
What’s your favorite word in the English vocabulary?
Attach a photo of your writing desk.