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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.
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.