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Memoir Online
Everyone has a story to tell.  Whether a life is unconventional or relatively normal, there’s bound to be something fascinating about it.  That’s why the contemporary memoir – everyday people telling their tales – has become such a popular phenomenon.  Memoirs appear throughout magazines and bookstores and a lucky few, such as Angela’s Ashes and The Liar’s Club, even make the bestseller list.

To make readers care, your memoir must be told with the finesse of fiction. In our courses, you will learn how to focus your life stories, give them literary purpose, and apply such craft elements as character, plot, description, dialogue, setting, pacing, and theme.  You will also learn how and where to market your work.

Whether you seek to write essay-length pieces or a book, we’ll show you how to best tell the stories from your life.

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Level I
Memoir Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
Using a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this course gives students a firm grounding in all the basics of memoir writing. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner.
  • Write one or two short memoirs or begin a book
  • Lectures on basics of memoir craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for critique (two times)

Memoir I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

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(3.0 CEU)

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 16 students, ages 18 and up.

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Sep 16 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Oct 7 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Nov 11 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Advanced
Memoir Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
Focusing on developing projects and receiving feedback from the instructor and classmates, these courses helps students sharpen their skills and work toward completion of publishable work. Writers often repeat Memoir II to continue their projects.

Gotham has two separate programs for Memoir II online:

Memoir II-a – For writers working on either essay-length (short) or book-length memoirs.

Memoir II-b – For writers working on book-length memoirs.

All advanced students should start with Memoir II-a. Then, if you are writing a book and wish to continue with your study, you would follow it with Memoir II-b.

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(3.0 CEU)

Online Classes - Memoir Writing II-A  
  • Write or refine one/two short memoirs, or begin or work toward completion of a book-length memoir
  • Lectures that expand on basics of memoir craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for in-depth critique (two times)
Prerequisite: Memoir I or the equivalent

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Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Oct 8 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Online Classes - Memoir Book II-B  
  • Begin or work toward the completion of a book-length memoir
  • Lectures that expand on basics of memoir craft and the book form
  • Present work for in-depth critique (three times)
Prerequisite: Memoir II-a

View a course syllabus

Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Oct 15 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class



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