Fall 2018

PLUS181

Life Writing: Creating a Self for Our Life Story (55+)

Life writing is an activity through which we reflect on our lived life and render ourselves as its main character. In this course we will explore how you can dramatize your life and write yourself as the protagonist of your own story.

During in-class exercises and group discussions, you’ll discover several ways of creating narrative shape to give agency to a chosen self on the page. You will learn how to employ memory and imagination to create a dramatic outline of your major life events to be used for writing a memoir. Be prepared for in-class participation and light homework, as well as opportunities for critical reflection and analysis.

Note: Back by popular demand, from spring 2018.

Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 6 Nilofar Shidmehr $115.00 0 Join Waitlist

What will I learn?

Week 1

Students and instructor introduce themselves. Lecture, discussions and in-class writing exercises centre on why we want to write a memoir or a story about ourselves.

Week 2

Lecture, discussions and in-class writing exercises centre on how to look at ourselves objectively and on character and place descriptions.

Week 3

Lecture, discussions and in-class writing exercises centre on how to leave our comfort zones so as to discover what defines us.

Week 4

Lecture, discussions and in-class writing exercises centre on writing about oneself from someone else’s point of view and on writing about oneself as someone else.

Week 5

Lecture, discussions and in-class writing exercises centre on memory, imagination and finding a narrative form.

Week 6

After a review of topics discussed in the last five weeks, the course comes to a closure through students sharing pieces of their life writings.

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Discussion (may vary from class to class)
  • Papers (applicable only to certificate students)

How will I be evaluated?

For certificate students only:

Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”

Textbooks and learning materials

Reading material will be available in class. Some course materials may be available online.

If you're 55+, you may take this course as part of

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