Memoir of Inquiry

A memoir recreates a pivotal experience in, or aspect of, one’s life. Memoir is comprised of a story we know yet it is a story we do not fully understand. This is the inquiry part of the writing process and this is what actually compels us to write it. If you are considering writing a memoir, or have begun writing one, this course will help you understand how to explore and evoke your story instead of simply summarizing it.

In this discussion-based course, we’ll focus on memoir writing not only as a retelling, but also a dynamic site of inquiry. Writing exercises will help you identify the organizing principle of your memoir, what to include, what to leave out, and what form best suits your narrative.


Location: Vancouver or online
Duration: 3 weeks
Tuition: $325.50

Upcoming Offerings

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateTue, Oct 8, 2024
  • Tue, Oct 8, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (class/lecture)
  • Tue, Oct 15, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (class/lecture)
  • Tue, Oct 22, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (class/lecture)
InstructorBetsy Warland
Seats Available4

What you will learn

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Organize a chronology of events into other narrative possibilities
  • Distinguish between fact and point of view when writing about a memory
  • Analyze which elements are essential to the memoir and which ones are not

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Discussion
  • Participation

You will receive feedback on your written work.

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.