Memoir Writing
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3410
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Writing
  • Non-fiction
  • Literature
“The memoir is the novel of the 21st century,” writes Susan Cheever. This contemporary art form holds a prominent place in today’s literary world. Editors respond to voice and tone, where writers capture the story, transport readers to another place, and convey honest feelings. Memoirs range from the humorous style of David Sedaris, to the stark minimalism of Joan Didion and Nick Flynn, who push new boundaries. This workshop is designed for writers who have started a memoir as well as those looking to transform and cultivate an idea into larger themes. Students work on short personal histories or book-length projects. Writers develop a compelling voice and point of view, creating dramatic tension and scenes with sensual detail. Discussions include what makes a memoir publishable in today’s market, crafting an elevator pitch and cover letter to approach agents and editors.
Course Open to: Degree Students