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Writing Stories About Ourselves

Memoir and Personal Essay: Write About Yourself,

In this course, creative nonfiction writers will explore traditional storytelling methods, especially those which overlap between fiction and memoir. By looking at examples from a wide range of genres, including film, song, painting—even the theme music for Jaws!—we’ll practice exercising the creative muscle that sees ourselves as characters and the experiences we’ve had as tales. We’ll focus on critical elements, like how to begin a story, what makes for worthy content, the essential use of detail, the strengths and limits of dialogue, the power of the white space. The ultimate goal is for us to become aware of an “audience” when we write, so that the documentation of our lives will begin to resemble a “performance” crafted onto paper rather than a private entry in a journal.
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Length 5 weeks
Starts Aug 10 (7 weeks ago)
Cost $49
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Instructor Said Sayrafiezadeh
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Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art Personal Development

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Rating 4.4 based on 9 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Starts Aug 10 (7 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Wesleyan University via Coursera
Instructor Said Sayrafiezadeh
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art Personal Development

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