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.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Betsy Warland $325.50 15 -

Instructional hours: 9

Course schedule: Classes run online from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Time.

What will you 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 will you learn?

  • Discussion
  • Participation

How will you be evaluated?

You will receive feedback on your written work.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered via videoconference.

You can find more information on our About Online Learning page. 

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