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Intro to Writing Memoir: Part I* Discovering Your Stories

All Levels | Do you want to write about your life, but you’re not sure where to begin? Or maybe you know where to begin — you’ve begun a thousand times already — but aren’t sure where to head next. The primary focus of this class will be to help you to discover your personal themes and narratives and to introduce you to the memoir genre. Discovering Your Stories is a generative class that will offer tons of prompts and writing activities and ideas for taking the starts you write in class and developing them. We will also look at short examples of memoir writing in class together. Bring your notebook and pen or charged laptop.

* – “Discovering Your Stories” is the first in the three-part Intro to Writing Memoir series. In Winter, “Intro to Writing Memoir, Part II: Developing Your Stories” will run for ten weeks in the same time slot with the same instructor, and in Spring the final ten-week course in the series will be offered: “Intro to Writing Memoir, Part III: Structuring and Sharing Your Stories.” Take one or all three. Priority registration will be offered for the Winter and Spring series courses to students in enrolled in Part I. Registration for the annual one-day Publishing Intensive will be included for all students registered in Part III.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Theo Nestor

Class Type: 10 Sessions


Start Date: 09/15/2020

End Date: 11/17/2020

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 16

$432.00 Member Price:
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Theo Nestor

Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008). Nestor has taught the memoir certificate course for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education program since 2006.

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