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Yearlong in Memoir

In weekly meetings over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, yearlong classes provide dedicated writers with an intensive path toward finishing a draft of a book. Whether you are early in the writing process or already have a rough draft, these yearlong courses will help you set active, clear goals, as well as write and revise with intention. One third of each course focuses on developing proficiency with the writing tools (craft elements) that you will need to use, and the remaining two-thirds are comprised of workshops and writing toward personally devised deadlines.

Yearlong classes in Prose, Memoir, and Young Adult Fiction include a full-day intensive publishing class on the book business and finding a market for your book. The class will feature guests, including literary agents, and other individuals from the publishing business. It is okay to miss some classes because of travel. That said, students who get the most out of yearlong classes are often very dedicated to their writing, and are eager to develop a strong and steady writing practice as well as become part of a tightly knit cohort of writers.

In this craft-focused class, we will discuss aspects of writing a memoir that has enduring value, including: expanding your story to the universal and contracting it to the stunningly specific; generating material once you’ve clarified your story’s arc and themes; writing a scene, a chapter, a section; creating momentum; making your narrator a character; what to include and what to leave out; finding the connective tissue that makes a book cohere; how to open a memoir and how to end it. Part of each class meeting will be allotted to writing, so plan to bring your laptops and/or notebooks to class.

Registration is by application only. Please submit an application here. Applications open August 12.

Instructor: Theo Nestor

Class Type: Yearlong

Term: Fall 2019

Start Date: 09/17/2019

No Class On: Instructor will provide more detailed skip dates for the year.

End Date: 05/19/2020

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 16

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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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