A single life story can change the world. By writing about ourselves and our communities, we act as mirrors for others. In this course, we’ll explore our subjective stances and ask how we’ve been shaped by the world. Why do we obsess over certain memories and events? What stories do we believe about ourselves and our society? When and how do we use myth to imbue our lives with meaning? Is it possible to engage our readers despite rather than because of the topics we choose? The reading assignments in this class are meant to inspire. A writer hones her understanding of human nature by reading. Reading teaches us how to write, and gives us confidence to embark on our own journey of self-discovery. Whether we draft from memory to better understand the past, or address conflict in our lives today, writing celebrates our impulse to record, save, examine, clarify, testify, discover, and engage in moral inquiry. Students will write three short essays and one long essay, and engage in assigned readings, discussion threads, audiovisual material, and miscellaneous creative exercises. Selected authors include journalists, memoirists, lyric essayists, and personal essayists in order to cover nonfiction sub genres.
Meeting schedule for workshops: mandatory keynote speaker event and kickoff workshop Monday, 7/11/22, 6-9 pm.
Individual, online workshop sessions:
Week one: Zoom workshops Sa-Su, 9-noon.
Week Two: Zoom workshops, T-Th (6-9); Sa-Su (9-noon)
Week Three: Zoom workshops, T-Th (6-9); Sa (9-noon), plus an optional, in-person workshop on Sunday (9-noon).
Students are also expected to attend a minimum of 7.5 hours of the joint, public programming, inclusive of the final open mic on Sunday, July 31, 1-4 pm.