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Narrative Momentum in Memoir

Our personal histories can provide rich material for memoir, but the wide breadth of our experiences does not naturally jell into a story. How can we arrange the disjointed details of our experience to form coherent, compelling narratives? Together we’ll look at examples of effective memoir, including Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, not necessarily examples of linear storytelling or tales of transformation. We’ll discuss other essential elements including focus, prose style, character development, and narrative structure. Students will work on starting a memoir or continuing an existing one through writing exercises; in-class critiques will help refine the work in progress.

No class Dec. 2.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Elissa Washuta

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 11/04/2014

No Class On: 12/2/14

End Date: 12/16/2014

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Elissa Washuta

Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is the author of My Body Is a Book of Rules, a memoir forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Her work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Third Coast. She recently received grants from Potlatch Fund, 4Culture, and Artist Trust, and she has been a Made at Hugo House Fellow. She serves as adviser and lecturer for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington.

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