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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 class, students will gain tools to transform their own unique, stranger-than-fiction truths into vibrant, original narratives. In-class exercises and take-home assignments are geared to help students generate new material and access their individual, story-telling voice. All writers are welcome!

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Instructor
    Kerry Muir‘s creative nonfiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Her essay collection, BLUR & Other Essays, was recently named one of three finalists in Bauhan Publishing’s 2017 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize, and her essay, “Blur,” is a notable in Best American Essays 2018. Kerry’s plays have received honors and awards from Sundance Theater Lab, Nantucket Short Play Festival and Competition, The Great Platte River Playwrights Festival, The Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, Trustus Theater Festival, and she has optioned and sold screenplays to producers in the US & Mexico. Her award-winning play, The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me, will be published in both English and Spanish by No Passport Press in late 2018. A graduate of Vermont College’s MFA in Writing Program, she has led writing workshops for teens at Children of the Night.
Schedule
  1. Saturday, February 16, 10:30am-1:00pm
  2. Saturday, February 23, 10:30am-1:00pm
  3. Saturday, March 2, 10:30am-1:00pm
  4. Saturday, March 9, 10:30am-1:00pm
  5. Saturday, March 16, 10:30am-1:00pm
Reviews
  • 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.

    Chris

Details

Start:
Saturday, February 16, 2019 @ 10:30 am
End:
Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Cost:
$295
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Venue

Berkeley
2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Jumpstart Your Memoir Writing!$295.00Berkeley

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