Have you ever experienced the nagging feeling you ought to be writing down your life stories, but have simply lacked the time and the tools to do it? If so, this is the class to jumpstart your memoir-writing engine!
“The act of writing memoir is vastly different for everyone,” says instructor Kerry Muir. “It can be an intensely personal, private act—a way to unearth and sift through events of the past, ascertaining their meaning in retrospect. For some, it can be a way to leave a legacy for future generations, offering children (and grandchildren) an intimate glimpse into the life of a loved one. For others, writing memoir serves as a way to revisit fleeting moments and reclaim them on the page, thereby capturing them for posterity, much like a photograph.”
Mark Twain once said, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.” In this online class, students will gain tools to transform their own unique, stranger-than-fiction truths into vibrant, original narratives. In-class exercises and weekly assignments are geared to help students generate new material and access their individual, story-telling voice. All writers are welcome!
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, October 24, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, October 31, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, November 07, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, November 14, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, November 21, 10:30am-1:00pm
Kerry's enthusiasm was contagious and she encouraged each student, while helping them see how to improve their work. She created a friendly and supportive atmosphere through group discussion, and suggested further readings.
Kerry guided us - almost effortlessly - in how to support each other with feedback & suggestions that helped and not hurt. Kerry's thoughtful suggestions for everyone in the class were always clear and insightful, very beneficial to each of us.
Kerry's creative writing class is so much more than a writing class--although you do write A LOT and feel the pride of accomplishment at the stack of pages you never thought you'd write. Kerry teaches you to pay attention to the world around you and brings you closer to your own experiences with her curated lessons, fantastic reading materials, and personal feedback. Her gentle, invested care has helped me grow as a writer and as a human.
Kerry is a writing instructor gifted with the ability to create a safe writing environment for writers to create authentic heart felt stories. She taught me how to delve deeply, describing setting, dialogue, characters such that the emotional nuances of my stories come alive informing, giving new insight, understanding and, most importantly, healing. I highly recommend her workshops.