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Writing your life story: from memoir to full-length narrative

PROPOSED MEMOIR COURSE OUTLINE FOR UCT 2021

Writing Your Life Story: From memoir essay to full-length narrative

5-week course starting Saturday 28th August, ending Saturday 25th September

10am-12pm in ‘The Zoom Classroom’ with a maximum 20 participants

Course Fees: Full R1500, staff & students R1000  

Whether you are writing for publication or for family & friends, we will discuss ways to write your life story in an engaging, reader-friendly way. Bring your memoir thoughts & ideas to the workshops and we will work on: 

 

  • Finding your voice and style
  • How to structure your narrative and handle timelines
  • Collated essays vs. a longer narrative
  • Truth and memory
  • Identifying the central theme

 

We’ll work to prompts with written and spoken exercises and there will be a prepared reading plus one final assignment for feedback.

 

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