Oct 05, 2022  
University Catalog 2022-2023 
University Catalog 2022-2023
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ENG-3230: Life Story Writing

This one-day workshop will be an intensive introduction to the “how-to” of life story writing. The day will be a mixture of writing workshop, lecture, and literary analysis of assigned readings in order to construct a working methodology and practice for the aspiring memoir writer. Students will learn how to take the raw material of their lives and shape it into a compelling narrative using the techniques and craft of creative non-fiction. We will explore the writer’s toolbox: detail/description, character development and arc, scene writing, story arc and theme and how to put those elements to best use in construction of stories. Although geared for writers, this workshop will also be of value to non-writers, particularly students studying psychology, by showing how life writing is a valuable tool to self-understanding, and how creating narrative out of raw experience and memory can have tremendous therapeutic value.
Min. Credits: 1.0
Credit Basis: Quarter credit
Location(s): Antioch Univ Los Angeles
Method(s): Classroom
Faculty Consent Required: N
Program Approval Required: N
Course Type Liberal Arts, Science & Social Science

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