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Introductory / Intermediate | You’ve got a life story to tell, but how can you turn “history” into a “story”? What should you include? And what should you leave out? Moreover, how can you make your memories interesting to a reader? This class explores storytelling techniques from memoir to autobiographical fiction to help you bring your story to life. We’ll consult writers like Tim O’Brien, Maxine Hong Kingston, and David Sedaris; and we’ll use writing exercises to help you launch your own writing project.
Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.