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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 plays include Running on Moontime, The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me, and Befriending Bertha/Conociendo a Bertha (a one-act for children), which were published in dual language (Spanish-English) editions by NoPassport Press as part of their Dreaming the Americas series, curated by Lifetime Achievement Obie Award-winning playwright, Caridad Svich. Her plays have garnered awards and productions at the Nantucket Short Play Festival, Great Platte River Playwrights Festival, Gibraltar International Drama Festival, and elsewhere. Her prose has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Riverteeth, West Branch, Willow Springs, Fourth Genre and more. Two of her essays, “The Bridge” and “BLUR,” were named as notable in Best American Essays of 2011 and 2018, edited by Edwidge Danticat and Hilton Als, respectively. Her short film “Madame” (an official selection of San Francisco Independent Film Festival 2024, Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival 2024, AHITH Film Festival 2023) is currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit. Visit her online at: https://kerry-muir-5gnx.squarespace.com.
Schedule
  1. Saturday, February 24, 10:30am-1:00pm
  2. Saturday, March 3, 10:30am-1:00pm
  3. Saturday, March 10, 10:30am-1:00pm
  4. Saturday, March 17, 10:30am-1:00pm
  5. Saturday, March 24, 10:30am-1:00pm

Details

Start:
Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm PST
End:
Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm PST
Cost:
$295.00
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Venue

Berkeley
2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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