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Memoir As Quest [Nicole Hardy]

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Member Price: $495.00
General Price: $550.00

Students will outline their memoirs and write critical scenes as we explore the intersection of the hero’s journey and the three-act narrative. We’ll study the difference between situation and story, working unwieldy experiences into narrative arcs. A class for those struggling with the “where to begin” and the “which parts to tell,” those hoping for a better understanding of story structure, or those wondering which will suit their story best – an experimental or a traditional form.

Memoir as Quest is about how to effectively outline & better write your memoir, using the three-act narrative structure in conjunction with Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey.

The course will be 16 weeks long, and will include a mixture of lecture/instruction, writing prompts, and workshop. Each class period will look as outlined below.

(with the exception of the last few weeks of class, which are dedicated to workshop. Each student will have 30-45 minutes to get feedback from the entire class on a portion of work created during the course).

10 minutes–questions, clarifications, discussion of previous week’s homework

45 minutes–lesson on structure/craft

10 minutes–break

40 minutes–writing/brainstorming based on a prompt

15 minutes–sharing of writing, questions/clarifications

Session 1

Big picture outlining

Session 9

Approach to inmost cave

Session 2

Big picture outlining

Session 10

Ordeal/Reward

Session 3

Ordinary World

Session 11

Road back/resurrection

Session 4

Call to Adventure

Session 12

Return

Session 5

Refusal of the call

Session 13

Workshop

Session 6

Meeting with mentor

Session 14

Workshop

Session 7

Crossing the threshold

Session 15

Workshop

Session 8

Tests, allies, enemies

Session 16

Workshop

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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