Creative Writing - Memoirs
Start date: 24th Sep 2020
Time: 09:30 - 11:30
Duration: 10 weeks
Tutor: Jackie Kirman
Course code: 20AU041
This course is for anyone who enjoys the process of writing creatively and has an interest in memoir/diary nonfiction and fiction written in the style of memoir/diary.
For the first session students will need pen and paper, laptop if preferred.
The course aims to help students improve their writing skills by focusing on writing techniques such as journal writing, structure in memoir/diary writing, voice and style - message, finding an overarching theme
The course will cover:
Week 1: Introduction – creative writing and the self
Week 2: Difference between memoir, autobiography, diary, journals…
Week 3: Memoir…What do you want to say? Theme in memoir
Week 4: Memoir…Structure, content…some famous examples
Week 5: Memoir… Finding your voice, style of writing…exploring famous examples
Week 6: Diary writing: techniques in diary writing – some famous examples
Week 7: The Art of writing a blog
Week 8: Diary – Do’s and don’ts in diary writing
Week 9: Memoir and diary – novels that have adopted either framework
Week 10: Showcase week – sharing our writing
By the end of the course students will have developed an understanding of the structure, techniques employed in diary and memoir writing. They will also have produced their own writing within both genres.