This course is for writers working on book-length memoirs. (All Level II 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-Book. Offered only online.)
The syllabus varies from teacher to teacher, term to term. But many of the topics will be similar to those covered in the Online classes.
Who Cares?: How to make readers care about your story. Finding the right focus. Ways to entice—literary finesse, time/place, wisdom, humor. Finding the universality.
The Journey: Finding the journey of the protagonist (you). Protagonist's desire. The arc of the protagonist. The climax.
Designing Your Life: Structuring the book. Chronological structure. Collage structure. Organizing principle structure. How to find the right design.
Playing With Time: Finding the right time frame. Flashbacks. Flash-forwards. Fluidity.
The Narrator: Importance of the narrator. Exploration of voice. The youthful voice. Action and reflection. Non-first person strategies. Tense. Eccentricities.
The Cast: Choosing the cast (who will appear). Bringing characters to life. Relationships. The tribute memoir.
Family Memoir: Exploration of the family memoir. Bringing broad appeal. The role of family. The role of you. Strategies for structuring the family memoir.
Tributaries: Subplots. Background information. Specialized information. Managing the tributaries.
Plumbing the Depths: Delving into memories. Delving into pain. Dealing with the issue of hurting people in your memoir.
Publishing a Book: When you need a book proposal. Basics of the book proposal. Soliciting agents and publishing house. Tips for maximizing your chance of publishing a book.
Note: Content may vary among individual classes.