8-Week: Intro to Personal Narrative and Memoir

Intro to Personal Narrative and Memoir

A perfect introduction for anyone who has a personal story to tell but hasn't had experience crafting essays, personal journalism, or memoirs. This workshop, geared toward new writers of personal narrative, will help you understand how to turn your own experiences into riveting stories with universal themes. Through craft talks, class discussion, homework assignments, and close readings of published work, the class will introduce you to the possibilities and pitfalls of personal narrative. We’ll cover such concepts as privacy v. publicity, how to develop the first-person narrator, showing v. telling, and how to mine your experience for deeper meaning. Because each class is tailored toward the needs of the group, assignments, and topics will vary. Prepare to be surprised.

Please Note: This course will not meet on Monday, October 30 and Monday, November 6 and will instead meet Friday, October 20 and Monday, December 11.

Required Texts:

Writing the Personal, Getting Your Stories onto the Page, by Sandra L. Faulkner and Shelia Squillante

Best American Essays 2016, ed. Jonathan Franzen

*Copies of these books are available to Lighthouse students at a 10% discount at the Tattered Cover on Colfax. Simply tell a Tattered Cover employee you are enrolled in a course at Lighthouse and they will direct you to where the books are shelved. 

This class is currently full, but please check out an alternative workshop like 8-Week: Nonfiction Workshop—Sharing and Refining Your Craft with Joel Warner, 4-Week: Lone Tree Mini Workshop with Eleanor Brown, or 8-Week: Daytime Fiction or Memoir Workshop with Rachel Weaver. If a space should open up for you in this class, we'd be happy to transfer your registration. 

Instructor: Erika T. Wurth Learn More