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In the first two weeks, you will work on honing in on your manuscript’s focus and creating an outline for your project. Throughout the remaining weeks, you’ll work on the first two chapters of your memoir. In-class discussion and lecture topics include how to write and sell a book proposal, writing an opening chapter that catches fire, narrative arc, story structure, and thematic drive. Students will have the opportunity to workshop a manuscript excerpt. You’ll leave the course with your memoir’s opening chapters and a detailed plan for completing your book.
* During week 9, class will meet Monday, May 12th instead of Wednesday, May 14th.
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.